Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Local death

One of the reasons I have been off blog for a bit. The rest will come out in due time, but this had me sad.

My town's local homeless man was shot dead during an altercation with a female police officer.

I knew this person, and had written about him HERE. That initial photo is now a part of his RIP facebook page, as well as the local news cycle blog HERE. It is always sad when a member of our community is killed, or injured. Unfortunately, and what has made me even more sad is the commentary from otherwise reasonable people on the sides of "all homeless are worthless", and "the cops are crooked". None of that is what this is about. This is about two members of our community who were negatively impacted by an interaction. I'm sure it could have been handled in a better way by both parties so as not to have this result, and I actually miss seeing Daryl around town.

2 comments:

Linda Medrano said...

I'm very sorry to hear this. We have episodes like this far too often in the San Francisco Bay Area. There are no easy answers but death is way too final to be meted out casually.

Patty said...

Thanks for stopping in. I am now retired - retired, really, but still keep up some photos for the city and chamber, but I really want to concentrate on my alternate blog, a wild mix of my life as a photojournalist, past and present.

I am glad you pooped in when you did, as I remember the homeless man from the Friday Shootout. Sad, but I know he is in a better place.

Keep the dude in line.