You read that headline right.
Protesters gathered after an officer involved shooting left a suspect dead in Dorchester on June 19. According to reports, the 19-year-old Massachusetts man opened fire at police, leaving them no choice but to authorize deadly force.
Boston Police Commissioner William Gross issued a statement to the press on Monday night, where he described the alleged actions of the teenager and the multiple witness accounts that claimed the suspect was the first one to shoot.
The two police officers involved in the situation were on bicycles and were reporting to a call of a suspicious person in the Dorchester neighborhood just before 6 p.m. on the 19th. One of the officers reportedly dropped his bike and was chasing the suspects onto Penhallow street.
That’s when the officers noticed the suspect holding a firearm. They issued several verbal commands for the 19-year-old to drop the gun, which was backed up by witnesses in the area. Instead of dropping the handgun, the suspect allegedly pointed it directly at the officers and pulled the trigger.
The officers took necessary action and neutralized the threat, killing the suspect.
Seems like a pretty straight-forward shooting. Why should there be any controversy over a man who was killed by good guys while he tried to kill them? They gave him every chance to surrender, and only took action to end his life when he threatened to take theirs.
After investigators returned to the scene to gather evidence following the shooting, enraged family members of the deceased suspect surrounded the officers, hurling insults and threats at them.
But why? Even witnesses said that it was obvious that the police didn’t want to shoot him, and gave him every possible chance to surrender and live another day.
WATCH: Marie Lee says she witnessed Boston police shoot and kill a 19-year-old man on her street last night, and she has an opinion about whether the shooting was justified. #wcvb pic.twitter.com/ig5bL0Udgd
— David Bienick (@BienickWCVB) June 25, 2019
Maybe this is a testament to how the deceased suspect was raised. Is this part of the reason why so many protests raised after criminals are killed in officer involved shootings?
Whatever the case, these protesters got it wrong, and they need to understand that shooting at the cops will justifiably land you in prison… or worse.
America: we are a nation of laws. Let’s try not to forget that.