Off-duty Police Officers Shoot and Kill 17-year-old in D.C.
Here’s an interesting tie-in to my earlier post on the “ShotSpotter” that was being set up in Boston.
Apparently, Washingon D.C. has also rolled one out a while ago, and it is playing a part in the recent shooting death of a 17-year-old by two off duty police officers.
At first glance this seems very cut and dry: officers a pursuing a robbery suspect are fired upon and return fire, killing the suspect. This, however, doesn’t appear to be the case. Apparently these two officers were off duty when they discovered that one of their motorbikes was stolen. So, they do what any good cop would do – they go vigilante. After driving around the neigbourhood they eventually spot DeOnte Rawlings. After giving chase, the officers claim they were fired upon, after which they climbed out of their SUV and shot Rawlings.
There are three unsettling things here. First, the officers were off duty, out of uniform, and acting on their own. Second, no gun has been recovered, although according to ShotSpotter .45 caliber was fired. And third, the officers NEVER IDENTIFIED THEMSELVES AS POLICE. So, all this guy knew was that he was being chased by two guys in a SUV.
Futhermore, the police are relying on the evidence of ShotSpotter and its anlysts, none of which is allowable as evidence, nor is there any public oversight of this private organization.
Just some more food for thought for everyone who feels like the police can never do any wrong. Check out the article here.