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“Nothing’s going to ever bring those girls back but I think jury did say what we’ve been thinking all along that this was an accident, not a crime,” Higbee told reporters.

Honestly I can’t say I’m shocked. Law Enforcement Officers clearly adhere to lower levels of the law than the public they are charged with protecting and serving. Of course this comes at a time when I was recently wrongly profiled by some of Philadelphia’s Finest for driving with a black male, as you know this is crime punishable by ruining my whole friggin evening....

Anywho, New Jersey State Trooper, Robert Higbee heaved a huge sigh of relief upon hearing the verdict, not guilty of vehicular homicide. Vehicular homicide involves a death that results from the negligent operation of a vehicle. In general it’s a lesser change than say manslaughter. It is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Obviously the jury had some trouble comprehending these 7th grade terms. I on the other hand clearly see the trooper’s behavior as careless aka negligent. So while he likes to point out that this was a tragic accident not a crime I argue it’s both. Just because something happens unintentionally (by accident) doesn’t make it any less criminal. Take for instance if I’m watching my four year Godson and leave him in the room with my known vicious pit-bull to grab a soda out of the fridge and while I’m away the dog mauls him to death, I am at fault. Even though this is a tragic accident it was also careless since I know that my killer pet has the potential to harm a small child if left unattended. And while I didn’t intentionally provoke the dog into attacking my Godson I knew the threat was there if I left him unsupervised. The same goes for the Trooper. He knew there was a possibility that running through stop signs at upwards of 70mph could lead to an accident resulting in death.

Yes I know he was in hot pursuit of a fleeing suspect. In Philadelphia and I assume the same must go for Jersey it isn’t unlawful for police to chase suspects sans sirens or lights. In instances where they are raiding the element of surprise is necessary however, there’s no surprise when a criminal knows you’re following him. In instances where officers are chasing fleeing suspects its ass backwards. Not only is the officer traveling at speeds higher than the allowable limit so too is the suspect. In that case to protect the innocent public it’s in the best interest to provide the warning sirens and lights afforded the cruiser.

If the shoes switched feet and these two teenagers ran a stop sign at 79mph in a residential neighborhood and killed the state trooper, taking him away from wife and child not only would there have been public outcry tantamount to the crucifixion everyone would also be contributing to Mr. Higbee’s offspring’s college fund. I’m not making light I’m just stating the obvious here.

Maybe I’m looking at this the wrong way, someone please shed some light. I look forward to everyone’s opinion of the situation.

5 Pardon My French:

Shawn Smith said...

I agree with you. It's just like the guy that died in custody after killing a police officer.

I don't condone what they guy did, but I do despise the cover up by the police.

La'Tonya Richardson said...

I feel you. It's like "The Athorities," have a different set of rules on how they see things, and are punishmed. Had those girls been in the intersection a few seconds earlier, and the perp he was chasing hit them, that guy would be facing "The Chair!"

bunga raya said...

Hi! Your blog is good


Not that it matters, but did these girls happen to be black, was the cop white?

In anycase I agree with you, no matter the race. I'm just curious. (before I make my point)

Chaotically Calm said...

@Shawn, I hear you it's like they have their own set of rules.

@LaTonya, oh you know it. If the perp killed the girls he would be six feet under by now.

@Diva, I believe the girls might have been Hispanic but I can't be too sure.


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