First of all, there are going to be a bunch of Police-murder apologists arguing that Police do not actually “murder” people because their twisted minds have managed to conjure up some sort of demented definition of murder. So let’s just go with the FBI’s for the sake of this post:
The willful (nonnegligent) killing of one human being by another.
Now that we have that out of the way, the Minneapolis Police Department have awarded one of it’s
criminals police officers, Dan May, a Medal of Valor for murdering Tycel Nelson in 1990. The official police fabrication of the event goes something like :
May was the first officer on the scene. He pulled out a shotgun and chased a man whom he believed was an armed suspect, who he later identified as Nelson. May has said he lost sight of the suspect momentarily, then spotted Nelson raising a gun at him. He said he fired only after Nelson ignored his order to drop the weapon.
I can already see the apologists blowing their wad by dismissing this as self defense. But there is more to the story (Skinner is Tycel’s mother):
No one else saw the shooting. Skinner later sued, alleging that May shot an unarmed youth who was harmlessly running away from him. Her attorneys were poised to make the most of three undisputed facts: Nelson was shot in the back; the .22-caliber revolver found at the scene bore no traceable fingerprints linking it to him; and May initially described the suspect he was chasing as wearing a brown leather coat, although Nelson was wearing a black-and-white-striped shirt.
And if that doesn’t raise your eyebrows:
A grand jury cleared May of any wrongdoing, but the city paid $250,000 to Nelson’s family to drop the lawsuit.
This should come as no surprise to anyone that pays a dime’s worth of attention to police crimes.
In, police attempt to murder an unarmed, respected businessman and doctor for alleged gambling. I wonder how many medals those officers will receive?
Finally, there may be a little justice in the world. Police seem to be so trigger-happy these days that they attmepted to murder one of their own by mistake:
In a case of mistaken identity, police shot and critically wounded an off-duty officer outside a fast-food restaurant early Saturday, authorities said.
Eric Hernandez, 24, was hit three times and was in extremely critical condition, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.