Thursday, March 27, 2008

Goode Relatives Protest Cop-Shooting Death

You didn't need to be Carnac to see this nonsense coming.

In a city where thousands of homicides go unsolved, Pamela Goode seethes with quiet fury.

Seventy-five days have passed since her son was gunned down on a Germantown street. Although police immediately identified the man who blasted two shots into Timothy "Tee" Goode's back, the shooter remains free.

That's because he's a Philadelphia police officer who says he acted in self-defense when Goode, grand-nephew of former Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr., pointed a gun his way after participating in a drug deal.

Cops say they found a 9 mm pistol and bag of crack vials near Goode's body. Goode's relatives say they don't believe that the gun or drugs belonged to him.

Yesterday morning, Goode's relatives rallied on Wayne Avenue near Logan Street, where the 24-year-old aspiring rapper and soon-to-be father collapsed Jan. 11 after an undercover officer shot him. They demonstrated again yesterday afternoon in front of Police Headquarters at 8th and Race streets.

They accused the Police Department of a cover-up and insisted that Goode, who had no criminal record and was valedictorian of his high school class, had been the victim of mistaken identity. (H/T - The Philadelphia Daily News)

Blah, blah, blah . . . Can't these people think of a different argument. It's always, "My son was a good boy. He was a model citizen. The cops are racist." That line of thinking gets really old, really fast.

Look, this thug ("aspiring rapper" should be your first clue) was shot and killed because he pointed a gun at a police officer. A 9mm handgun and crack cocaine was found on the scene next to Goode's body! Of all of the police shootings in history, this one is probably the least likely to be questioned. But this is Philadelphia, where the cops are crooked and the evidence is planted. /snark.

Personally, I think it is ironic for the family of the mayor who ordered an explosive device dropped on the MOVE compound - then decided to let the fire burn, killing six African-Americans and destroying 50-60 homes - to protest a killing.

But that's just me.

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