Po­lice didn’t have to shoot Kor­ryn Gaines

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND VOICES - Molly Cruz

It strikes me that when a traf­fic crime is the is­sue and a child is present, a sum­mons could be placed on the door and the fright­en­ing pres­ence of po­lice out­side might re­treat. There is no ex­cuse for what hap­pened to Kor­ryn Gaines other than a com­plete lack of con­cern for the safety of the woman in­side, or the fu­ture of her small child (“No charges filed in shoot­ing death of Kor­ryn Gaines, Bal­ti­more County pros­e­cu­tor an­nounces,” Sept. 21). The young­ster was shot as well, again in­ex­cus­able, and though ac­cord­ing to the re­port he is go­ing to sur­vive, he will never be the same.

His mother was vi­o­lently killed in his pres­ence. How do you sur­vive that in­tact?

I say enough of this clumsy, trig­ger-happy treat­ment of what seems to be pri­mar­ily peo­ple of color and of­ten on le­gal charges that in no way jus­tify the bru­tal en­ergy be­hind the at­tempts to ef­fect an ar­rest.

This is just bad polic­ing, and the “burst the door in and shoot” cy­cle sug­gests an­other pro­to­col is in or­der when the charge is not a felony.

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