Finally the Truth Justice Sotomayor states: Enough Shoot First Think Later Policing.
Today, the Supreme Court of the United States dismissed a case about the 2010 shooting death of Israel Leija, Jr. who was shot during a high-speed chase in Texas. Justice Sotomayor, in a blistering dissent, railed against the thinking of the Court.
According to Sotomayor, it was a case of “shoot first, think later.”
On Monday, the court dismissed a case involving the 2010 shooting death of Israel Leija, Jr. during a high speed police chase in Texas, reports NBC News.
During the chase — at speeds up to 110 miles per hour — Leija repeatedly called police on his cellphone and warned them that he had a gun and would shoot police officers if they failed to call off the pursuit.
After police set up tire spikes to slow down the car, State Trooper Chadrin Mullenix of the Texas Department of Public Safety decided to disable the car by shooting at it, but was told by his supervisor to stand by to see if the spikes worked first.
Mullenix disregarded his instructions and fired at the speeding car from an overpass, causing the driver to lose control and the vehicle to roll over before reaching the spikes. An autopsy revealed that four of the six shots Mullenix fired at the car had hit Leija instead, killing him.
Sotomayor wrote that the Court is guilty of endorsing a mentality of “shoot first, think later” which is so present in America’s police culture.