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‘Family Demands Answers’

Posted on | February 8, 2021 | Comments Off on ‘Family Demands Answers’

Mychael Johnson’s life of crime ended last March after he and an accomplice stole a car and led Tallahassee police on a chase. When police broke off the pursuit, allowing the sheriff’s department helicopter to track the stolen car, Johnson’s accomplice tried to carjack another motorist. The chopper pilot radioed this information to dispatch and, because of the clear danger to the public, police resumed the pursuit. Driving at speeds upward of 80 mph, Johnson lost control and crashed into a light pole, then fled the vehicle on foot. Johnson again attempted to carjack a motorist, but was stopped by Officer Justin Davidson. A physical struggle between Johnson and Davidson ensued, during which Johnson attempted to take Davidson’s pistol from his holster. Fortunately, backup arrived, and Officer Zackri Jones fired one shot to Johnson’s head.

We know all these facts now, because there was a complete investigation and we have video that proves what happened. At the time of the incident, however, it was just “police say” in the media stories, and in April, the local ABC affiliate ran this headline:

Family demands answers after Tallahassee
officer-involved shooting in March

How many times must I explain this? There is no “right” to steal cars in America, nor is there any “right” for a car thief to fight the police when they try to arrest him. Mychael Johnson committed at least four felonies during the course of that pursuit in Tallahassee, and if he had been able to get hold of Officer Davidson’s weapon, he might have added murder to his list of offenses. Nevertheless, some people in the media felt the need to amplify the voices of the fools in the car thief’s family:

A local family is demanding answers after a Tallahassee Police officer shot and killed one of their loved ones last month.
Investigators say officers caught up with 31-year-old Mychael Johnson during an attempted carjacking on March 20.
According to the incident report, they tried to stop him in the vehicle and Johnson lost control and crashed.
Officers say Johnson resisted arrest. That’s when an officer shot him.
His family says they recognize Johnson wasn’t perfect and had some run-in’s with the law before, but he needed help.
They’re asking for copies of the video recorded that night.
His sister, Mildred Richardson, said she doesn’t believe what police say happened.
“My brother was my best friend,” said Richardson. “That was my protector. I just know that there was another way for the whole situation to be handled, and it wasn’t for him to be killed. Not like that.”

Ma’am, if you want an answer, here it is: Your brother was a thug. He lived a thug’s life and he died a thug’s death. The citizens of Florida are safer because that cop shot your thug brother in the head.

Let’s talk about how he had a “few” run-ins with the law:

Court records show Johnson has been arrested numerous times since 2007 on multiple drug related offenses involving marijuana and cocaine. In addition to facing charges for possession of a firearm by a felon and robbery, Johnson also twice was arrested for fleeing or attempting to elude officers.

Why wasn’t Mychael Johnson in prison, where he belonged? If we’re going to “demand answers,” that’s the real question to ask. Why are criminals being turned loose to prey upon law-abiding citizens? Is this somebody’s perverse idea of “social justice”? We’re going to combat “systemic racism” by letting dangerous thugs terrorize the public?

You can watch the video — it was a “good shoot,” as they say. The assertion “that there was another way for the whole situation to be handled” is simply mistaken. Unless the citizens of Leon County, Florida, are willing to have carjackers just waltz away without consequences, what are cops supposed to do? We have a rapidly growing problem of violent crime in America, homicide jumped 50% or more in many major cities last year, and this anti-police mentality is a huge part of the problem.



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