Wednesday, December 23, 2020

FBI’s Newest Prerogative: Shooting Subway Passengers

James BovardJames Bovard – December 21, 2020 
 
Was the torrent of media editorials and exposes denouncing police violence earlier this year all a sham? 

Thirty-six years ago, Bernie Goetz pulled a pistol and shot four youths who were shaking him down on the New York subway. This was front-page news for weeks and spurred a deluge of anti-gun denunciations as well as condemnations of routine subway violence. Goetz was later acquitted by a jury on criminal assault and attempted murder charges. 

Last Tuesday, an FBI agent pulled out his gun and repeatedly shot a passenger on the Washington subway. At the bottom of B6 in Saturday’s Washington Post – buried past an article headlined, “Despite the upcoming solstice, winter has already arrived” is a short piece headlined: “Police:‘Verbal exchange’ preceded Metro shooting.” There were zero news reports or disclosures for the two days after the shooting – except for a brief FBI note that there had been an “officer-involved shooting” on the subway...............

The FBI almost always exonerates its own. The FBI initially claimed it was justified in killing Vicki Weaver at Ruby Ridge, slain by a sniper 200 yards away as she held her baby in a cabin door. An FBI internal report ruled that every shooting by an FBI agent betweens 1993 and 2011 was justified, spurring a New York Times headline: “The F.B.I. Deemed Agents Faultless in 150 Shootings.”.........To Read More.....

 

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