Restless eyesSunday, November 26, 2006 at 15:24 | Posted in Germany, USA | 5 Comments
If you are going to get married in New York, you should perhaps avoid bachelor parties. Kalua Cabaret is definitely not the place to organize a party in, at least if you want to stay alive and make it to the ceremony. 23 year old Sean Bell was shot dead by the New York police and his two friends, Trent Benefield, 23, and Joseph Guzman, 31, were seriously wounded, as reported by the Washington Post and the BBC.
The happy bridegroom had apparently scratched an unmarked police vehicle as the men were leaving the strip club. The trigger happy law inforcement officers reportedly opened fire shooting about 50 bullets at the car driven by Mr. Bell.
While no gun was detected in the car, the BBC reports that the police justify their action with preventing a potential gun incident:
New York’s mayor says police had acted fearing an armed “altercation”. “Officers on the scene had reason to believe that an altercation involving a firearm was about to happen and were trying to stop it,” Michael Bloomberg said. The club was under surveillance because of its long history of weapons complaints, drug-dealing and prostitution, New York’s Police Chief Raymond Kelly said.
To put this shooting incident into another context, I was wondering how much easier it would be for a group of parents to indentify potential gun desperados at a school entrance than it is for trained members of the NYPD to tell the difference between armed offenders and a bachelor party gang. That is a piece of cake, says Melina in Münster, Germany in this comment added to 3-Bein Peter’s blog entry about piercing and tattoo. You just need to look them in the eyes:
Man sieht doch wohl, ob jemand mit dem Leben abgeschlossen hat. Diese Menschen haben entweder einen leeren Blick oder ganz unruhige Augen aus denen der Wahnsinn spricht.
Melinda, who says she is the single mother of two girls aged 15 and 16, got involved in a discussion in Peter’s blog after another mother had accused Peter for agitating her minor daughter to get a tattoo in an earlier post. Melinda wrote in several comments that she is protecting her teenage daughters from the harmful contents of the Internet with an AOL child lock. She also told that she was organizing a squad of concerned parents to patrol at the school entrance to protect their children against the likes of Bastian Bosse (whose web site is currently being censored by the German police but his LiveJournal site is still visible).
The 18 year old Bastian wrote a suicide letter (published by Marcel) before
killing five students and damaging several committing suicide in an incident in his former school in Emsdetten, in which five persons were killed and several damaged. The police in Nordrhein-Westfalen are busy blocking his web sites. Who would need to learn about Bastian’s motives when concerned parents are convinced that they are able to prevent similar tragedies by looking people in the eyes while patrolling school entrances?
Apparently, though, Bastian Bosse did not have an empty look or restless eyes since he was able to perform his desperate act. Then again, Sean Bell must have had a particulary empty look and restless eyes because he was shot dead by the New York police.