- According to (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57352769/answers
-sought-over-cops-shooting-of-8th-grader/) news reports, 15-year-old eighth-grader
Jaime Gonzalez, who was shot and killed yesterday by police in his middle
school in Brownsville, TX, was hit three times: twice in the chest and
once "from the back of the head."
- Police say they were called by school authorities because
Gonzalez was carrying a gun, which turned out to be a realistic-looking
pellet gun, a weapon that uses compressed air to fire a metal pellet which,
while perhaps a threat to the eye, does not pose a serious threat to life.
- There is now a national discussion going on in the media
about whether police used excessive force in the incident, and there is,
in Brownsville and at Gonzalez's school, both anger and mourning. The boy
had reportedly been a victim of bullying.
- Let me say unequivocally from the outset that, yes, police
used excessive force. Unless there were other children who were being held
hostage by Gonzalez (there were not), or who were near him and being threatened
(there were not), the police had no reason to kill him. Furthermore, there
is the question of why three shots were fired, why they were fired at the
chest of a child with clear intent to kill, and of course, there's that
shot to the back of the head, which is simply unjustifiable under any circumstances.
- But having said that, I want to call attention to another
point, that gets beyond this one case of overkill by police: the double
standard of concern when it is an American kid and when it is foreign kids
who are killed.
- I'm referring here to Iraq and Afghanistan, where thousands
of kids even younger than Jaime Gonzalez, most of whom were not even armed,
have been killed by American bombs and by the guns of American soldiers,
and whose deaths evoke not the slightest word of sympathy or regret from
either the killers themselves or the leaders, military and civilian, who
issue the orders that led to their deaths. Nor is any concern about this
slaughter of innocents expressed by the millions of Americans whose taxes
pay for this ongoing atrocity.
- Take Fallujah, a city of 300,000 in Iraq that in 2004
was the scene of one of the most brutal and brutish fighting of the US
invasion of Iraq.
- In what was clearly a war crime to rival anything the
Nazi Wehrmacht engaged in during World War II, the Bush/Cheney administration
and the Pentagon ordered the leveling of Fallujah in retaliation for the
killing by resistance fighters of four Blackwater mercenaries in the city,
and the hanging of their burned bodies from a bridge over the Euphrates
- For the rest of this article by DAVE LINDORFF in ThisCantBeHappening!,
the new independent Project Censored Award-winning online alternative newspaper,
please go to: <http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/993>www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/993