Friday, June 23, 2006

Pop Quiz: Compare and Contrast Edition


The victim stated while walking on Samuel Morse Way he was shot. The victim was transported to an area hospital and treated for non-life threatening gunshot wounds to his left flank and buttocks.

From the Boston Herald article blogged here:

The [Boston police officer] was attempting to leave the home when Behnke approached, telling him he was in no shape to drive and asking him to stay. The source said an argument ensued and the [officer] pulled his Glock .40-caliber semi-automatic, shooting Behnke in the hip.

Pop Quiz: Fill in the blank (I've narrowed your choices down to two to help you out some).

_________________ was arrested and charged with Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon (gun), Assault by means of a Dangerous Weapon and Dangerous Weapons Unlawfully Carried.

(A) The Boston police officer
(B) A 15-year-old juvenile

On a related note: Has anyone heard anything from Menino's office regarding this incident? And what's Tom Reilly take on all of this? Will he be making any phone calls here to maintain his perfect record of obfuscating criminal investigations of his political allies?

After all, he's gonna need all the help Menino can give him if he's to have any chance of surviving the September primaries. So, I don't think ruffling the feathers of the Boston Police Patrolman's Union is something he's too keen on doing over the next couple of months.

Of course, should he choose to go after this cop and throw the book at him, not only would he be doing the right thing, from a moral standpoint, but he'd be doing the smart thing to get more voters of the ordinary-citizen persuasion lined up in his column this fall.

Unfortunately, as it turns out, doing the right and/or smart things has never exactly been Reilly's strong suit.