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August 9, 2013

HAMILTON: The cops have got to stop killing our kids?

Niagara Gazette — So, you think that the cops are killing our kids?

The family of 17-year-old, Bronx teen Shaaliver Douse’s thinks so.

In the wee hours of the night, a cop did kill Douse’s mother’s only child, but that doesn’t necessarily make the statement of “cops killing our kids” true.

I say that because even though on the night that Douse was killed, the police say that they intercepted him shooting at (and missing) someone who was running away from him. That’s a far cry from the ‘stand your ground’ incident where a 17-year-old Florida youth shot a choir-directing father of five who was reportedly swearing at him and approaching him with a stick in his hand.

While both teens were wrong for even possessing a handgun, in Douse’s case, any one of his missed shots could have killed any one of anyone else’s kids. In a sense, the police may have saved Douse from himself “killing our kids.”

Much worse, according to police reports, when police ordered the teen to halt and drop his weapon, he turned and aimed it at them. A policemen then shot him to death.

Too often we blame the last thing that happened as the cause of the entire event. But life is a chain of events and decisions. However, the events can overwhelm the decisions, and victims die as a result.

Government is a part of that chain of events. While most people are quick to blame the parent(s) for a wayward child, lawmakers must take responsibility for endowing teens and children with more power than both the parent and the classroom teacher who stands in loco parentis.

Young people, whose very youth is the drug of invincibility, and whose sharp minds understand ‘their rights’ far better than do their parents, quickly exploit the situation, and they die all too soon.

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