Notes to self: Do not make promises lest someone tell you that you should be ashamed of yourself. Do not call anyone a self-important windbag lest it show up in the PG’s Cutting Edge column. Do not tell anyone to shove anything up his or her ass lest your Twitter friends reprimand you and justly so.
You may continue.
A pastor presiding at the funeral service for an Allentown man killed by a Pittsburgh police K-9 handler took to the pulpit yesterday and blasted news media coverage, police K-9 procedures and a local radio talk show.
“There needs to be a reformation in our city, a straightening of something that is not quite right. The status quo can no longer work in our city. No more business as usual in our city,” Bishop Carswell said.
Police spokeswoman Diane Richard yesterday said she believes that if someone gives up, is compliant and puts their arms above their head, “then the dog will sit in front of them and bark.”
“Why was that information with held from us, the people who police dogs are usually put on?” Bishop Carswell asked.
Bishop Carswell noted that he did not personally know the Jackson family until the shooting occurred. But he criticized media stories about Mr. Jackson, who was arrested for assault as both a juvenile and an adult, saying the coverage inaccurately “painted a picture like he was such a horrible young man.”
Dear Bishop Carswell:
1. While you’re calling for the “straightening” of an entire metropolitan area, please remember that it wasn’t an entire metropolitan area and all of its inhabitants that chose to live a life punctuated with crime after crime, ultimately resulting in a confrontation with police. Justin Jackson did that. Not me. I don’t need straightened out, thank you very much. But if I did need straightened out, I’d like David Conrad to do it. Just a little humor there.
2. Regarding this super secret information about what to do when a K-9 dog attacks, here’s some things to remember. I don’t need to know how to make a K-9 dog not attack me. I just need to know that I should do whatever the hell a cop tells me to do. If you don’t brandish a gun, the police won’t release the dog. If you choose not to put your hands on your head or choose not to run away from it, but instead choose to shoot the dog, well, that’s just not a smart choice. Gunfire = return gunfire. Always. That’s the only information you need.
3. The media did not paint the picture of Justin Jackson as a troubled youth with a long history of criminal activity. That was a self-portrait and Justin Jackson and only Justin Jackson wielded the brush.