Cop Watch

Monday, October 25, 2004

Red Sox Celebration Turns Deadly

Victoria Snelgrove died last Thursday after a pepper-spray ball pierced her left eye outside Fenway Park.

The media and police commissioner Kathleen O'Toole acknowledge the officer killed Victoria, but they deflect blame by pointing fingers at the crowd of Red Sox fans. It wasn't a Red Sox fan that shot Victoria in the eye with a pepper spray ball.

From BBC news:

Ms O'Toole said there would be a "thorough and swift investigation of our actions".

However, she also condemned the "punks" who "turned our city's victory into an opportunity for violence, mindless destruction and pointless mayhem".

"These people own a portion of the responsibility for [Ms Snelgrove's] death. We will hold them responsible for those actions to the fullest extent of the law."

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said city officials had met with representatives of Boston's colleges to urge them to take greater measures to control students.

The mayor is considering a ban on alcohol sales around Fenway Park when the World Series gets under way against the St Louis Cardinals on Saturday.

This is typical action by "The State." The government officials do damage, and the remedy is to punish the public.

Victoria's father wraps it up well with the following statement:

Rick Snelgrove, the victim's father, said: "What happened to her should not happen to any American citizen. She went to celebrate with friends, she was a bystander. She was out of the way, but she still got shot."