News: Time to channel Tam
Well, here's the latest in the War on (some) Drugs. Apparently an 80 year-old Jacksonville man was shot by undercover police recently. While all the facts aren't quite in, it would seem reasonable that Mr. Singletary would mistake the two officers for armed drug dealers because, in fact, the two officers were posing as armed drug dealers. Neighbors have said that in the past, Singletary would take his gun and try to scare some of the criminal element away. Not the best course of action, admittedly, but at least it's better than sitting around and letting the gangbangers control the neighborhood.
I also realize that officers should defend themselves like anyone else, but if you're "pretending" to deal drugs in front of someone's house, and that person grabs a .357 and tells you repeatedly to get off the property, you don't make him drop his gun. You don't draw your gun. You walk away and avoid anyone dying. What is it with cops and elderly folk? Or does narcotics just draw the worst of the worst sometimes?