(August 13, 2012)
An off-duty Chicago motorcycle cop is under investigation after he shot and killed an angry dad after hitting the man’s daughter with his motorcycle. According to the NY Daily News, the officer “ditched” his motorcycle when he saw Taniyah Middleton run into his path. But the motorcycle slid into the 4-year-old and her 18-year-old cousin John Passley, who had rushed to help her. Taniyah’s father, Christopher Middleton, ran out of a nearby restaurant to help his daughter. Witnesses told the Chicago Sun-Times that Middleton was “visibly upset” when he saw Taniyah’s bloody face. Witnesses say that when the 34-year-old, eight-year police veteran identified himself as a cop, Middleton punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground."Old News", but perhaps instructional to us all.
This article doesn't tell the whole story: perhaps after reading the gamut of stories nobody can know the "Whole Story".
Here's the synopsis, from what I've gathered after reading several days versions of Chicago (and other) news sources:
Chicago Cop goes off duty and is riding home on his scooter. Apparently (off duty, dig?) not uniformed.
A beautiful 4-year-old girl is crossing the street, in the company of her 18-year-old cousin.
Cop sees folks in the crosswalk (?) and hits the brakes; it's too late to stop in time, so he drops the bike in hopes that it will be "the ultimate braking system". Bike skids, slides and tumbles, knocking cute little girl down and scraping her cheek.
Cop still on the ground, Father rushes out of nearby building and (overwhelmed with outrage that his daughter has been injured) assaults downed scooter-pilot; apparently either unaware or uncaring that said scooter-pilot is a cop. Father punches cop, cop says 'hey, I'm responsible, I'm a police officer' or words to that effect.
Some story versions (from the family of the beautiful little girl) differ in that they do not acknowledge that the scooter-pilot identified himself as a cop. Well ... hell, who knows? Maybe he didn't say it, maybe the family didn't hear it.
Anyway, while 26-year-old father beats up on scooter-pilot, 18-year old nephew (?) joins the party and also beats on scooter-pilot. Scooter-pilot still on the ground when the dynamic duo start putting the boots to him. Aware that he's getting the shit kicked out of him, the duo isn't showing signs of letting up, and said scooter-pilot is losing consciousness ... scooter-pilot draws service pistol and applies groin-shot to outraged father.
Father dies, scooter-pilot goes to hospital for treatment, pretty little girl receives treatment for scraped face, and not-all-that-helpful 18-year-old nephew (?) is no longer mentioned in the news stories. Apparently, scooter-pilot didn't shoot him.
Now, family of pretty little 4-year-old girl is outraged. Bad scooter-pilot! No run over pretty little girl! No shoot Daddy! Bad Bad Bad scooter-pilot! Go straight to hell, no collect $200!
Well, pretty little 4-year-old girl is apparently an orphan. No word on where mama is, although it seems safe to assume she had one. Family is voting unanimously to crucify scooter-pilot. Scooter-pilot pretty well recoverd, as is nephew and girl. (Apparently ... did I mention it was an Old Story?)
The lesson for the day, Children, is that if you come upon a police officer on the ground, and you start putting the boot to him ... it doesn't really matter how justified you feel. Cops are experientialy trained to expect that if they are down and getting the ever-loving shit kicked out of them, if they lose consciousness they may realistically expect to wake up in a kinder, gentler world than that in which they lost consciousness.
In order to prevent that (to their personal understanding) undesirable resolution, said cop / scooter-pilot may (and probably will) resort to deadly force ... in the form of a .40 S&W round in your groin. You will not only not like it, you will likely not survive it.
RECAP: No lose cool; no stomp cop; no stop somebody who even claims he's a cop.
You don't know if he's got a .40 in his hip pocket or not, but you should know that if you bet against it and you're wrong ... your problems are over.
And if you have a pretty little 4-year-old daughter? You've just made her an orphan, and you have nobody to blame but yourself.
(This is called "The Darwinian Theory"; if you're stupid enough to get yourself killed, chances are your un-born children will not. If you have a child already, you should pray that she's not as butt-ugly stupid as you are.)