Monday, October 02, 2006

Important Update

For those of you keeping score at home, it's still against the law to shoot a police officer in Massachusetts.

Who knew?

Arraignment Today In Police Officer’s Shooting

A Boston Police officer is expected to be arraigned this morning in Suffolk Superior Court in connection with the shooting of a fellow officer that took place while both men were off duty this summer.

A Suffolk County grand jury late last week returned an indictment charging PAUL DURKIN, 49, with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for allegedly firing his Glock .40-caliber service weapon at fellow officer Joseph Behnke outside Behnke’s West Roxbury home. The incident, which took place in the early morning hours of June 22, left Behnke with a wound to his hip.

Well, that's a start, anyway.

It still smells of special treatment for the protected classes to me. Why not bring additional charges related to the shooting of a police officer, as well. Or, at a minimum, charges for drunk and disorderly conduct? If the shooter was some drug-dealing scumbag from Mattapan, you could pretty much guarantee they'd be throwing the proverbial book at him.*

More here, here, here, and here.

* So as to give the prosecutor's office ample charges to plea bargain away, in perparation for the perp's 42-day (30 suspended) prison sentence.