Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Sheepdog and Really Stupid Sheep

Here's one that really irritates me.

The situation:
Floyd, 49, of Easton, was driving with his son on Route 116 in Franconia last Friday evening when he came upon McKay and Kenney, according to the state attorney general's office. Floyd saw Kenney shoot McKay four times. When McKay collapsed, Kenney backed his car up over McKay, pinning him.

Floyd tried to use his car as a barricade between Kenney and McKay, according to police investigators. When that failed, he picked up McKay's gun from the ground and approached Kenney's vehicle. Floyd told his son, also named Gregory Floyd, to use McKay's police radio to call for help.

Floyd aimed the gun at Kenney and told him to put his gun down. When Kenney did not drop his gun, Floyd shot him, according to police investigators.

Bleating Sheep:
But some residents think Floyd overstepped when he used lethal force to stop Liko Kenney, 24, who shot McKay after an altercation following a traffic stop.

"No one has a right to take a life, regardless of what happens," said Beth Starbird, 24, of Boscawen. "He should've tried to stop it or called for help."

Kevin Miller, 18, a business major at Plymouth State College, said Floyd couldn't have known who was at fault in the situation.

"How do you know the truth?" said Miller, who was out with friends at White Park in Concord yesterday. "How does he know what really happened?"
Hmmm. Floyd sees the incident, and he doesn't know the truth? These people are pathetic. I'll remember that. If I ever see Beth or Kevin being murdered or victimized, I'll just look for a phone, because god knows I can't tell who's at fault.
Some citizens interviewed yesterday wondered why Floyd didn't shoot Kenney in the leg or the arm, injuring him instead of killing him. But officers say if Kenney was sitting in his car, Floyd's only clear shot may have been from the shoulder up. Floyd also reportedly served in the Marine Corps. Members of the military and law enforcement are trained to shoot at the center of the body, and even then, they sometimes miss, McCarthy said. Aiming for a limb increases the risk of missing altogether.

"There's no such thing as shooting to wound," McCarthy said.

Hillsboro Police Capt. David Roarick said, "We shoot to stop the threat. We're not trained to shoot to injure people. Had it been another police officer, they would have shot to prevent the threat."

Oh that's clever. You have a guy who isn't fleeing but hanging out of his car showing his gun, what would you assume? I certainly wouldn't assume that he's surrendering, more likely he's getting ready to eliminate a witness. Sorry, He doesn't drop the gun, I'm going to force him to.
George Oickle, 38, a network administrator for the Coca Cola Company who lives in Gilmanton, said if he came upon the same scene, he would assume Kenney would have no trouble killing again.

"If the guy reloads the gun, he's going to use it," Oickle said. "He just shot a cop. What's going to stop him from shooting me?"

Still, Oickle said the story of what happened Friday still doesn't make sense to him. "If (Kenney) ran the cop over, he was on his way out," he said. "So how does (Floyd) have time to stop him and shoot him?"

I really don't care if it make sense or not. The guy wasn't fleeing and a citizen took the responsibility to prevent a killer from moving on to kill again. If you're standing there, are you going to psychoanalyze why this guy just shot and ran over a cop and hasn't left? Me, I'm now really worried that I'm next and I'm going for full defense.

Look at the ages of those who approved of the action compared to the sheep. The sheep are kids, and the sheepdogs are older. That strikes me as odd, since I would have thought like the sheepdogs even when that young. Emasculated youth?

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