the Devin Brown case - why not use "gas rounds"?
Attn: Police Commission President, David Cunningham
February 17, 2005
Dear Mr. Cunningham,
I have been
following the stories about this case and watched the press conference,
etc., by Chief Bratton, Mayor Hahn, and others.
Then on Feb
14 I saw this small article that appeared in the Daily News, Feb.
14, 2005, pg. 7 about a man in a car waiving a gun in Beverly Hills.
The BH police gave chase and when the opportunity presented itself
SWAT team members "pumped some gas rounds into the car, and
the guy came out" according to BHPD Sgt Mike Foxen.
I am astounded.
A man waiving a gun, instigating a car chase and he is fired at
with gas pellets? I was not aware that such an option existed. Why
wasn't Devin Brown shot with gas pellets that would have caused
the sure confused and frightened boy to exit the car unharmed? Why
doesn't the LAPD use gas pellets to subdue those they are trying
to apprehend instead of always opening and shooting to kill?
I feel this
should be brought to public attention especially amongst the family
of Devin and those community members who are trying so hard to keep
the children and other innocents from being gunned down instead
Well, I hope
you do not find my letter naive or silly. I just had to the article
on to you hoping you can get some answers and effect change in the
LAPD policy of shoot first ask questions later.
Carmela De Rose