OUR VIEW: Where is the outrage?

Published on Tuesday, 8 January 2019 17:55
Written by Staff

According to the Washington Post, “police shot and killed nearly 1,000 people” nationwide in 2017.

Zoe Dowdell was one of those people.

In December 2017, New Britain police shot and killed the robbery suspect and wounded the two men who were in the car with him.

The investigation into the New Britain shooting and the dash cam video were finally released last week.

The reaction from city officials to the report that deemed the police officers actions justified was swift but vague.

The reaction from family members, community activists and a few residents upon hearing that the five officers involved in the shooting had been cleared ranged from disappointment to anger.

When Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, was gunned down by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014 Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets calling the police racist and claiming the situation didn’t justify the use of deadly force.

The police-involved shooting death of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man in California in 2018, brought more heightened scrutiny of police in general, especially after an autopsy revealed he was shot in the back eight times.

The probe into the New Britain shooting noted that Dowdell was shot in the back of the head as he tried to flee.

After viewing the dash cam video and reading the report, we have to ask: Where is the outrage New Britain?

We recognize that the three men who were crime suspects might not draw a lot of empathy from the law abiding public.

Still, a couple of relatives spoke out against the investigation during a press conference last week and during a sparsely attended protest on the anniversary of the killing.

Now comes word that a rally to protest the findings of the state attorney’s report is being organized for later this month.

Why?

To spark a change in police procedures? To demand the punishment of the officers involved? Or, to call attention to the fact that all lives - even those of suspected criminals - do matter.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Editorials on Tuesday, 8 January 2019 17:55. Updated: Tuesday, 8 January 2019 17:57.