This is the second carjacking foiled by an armed citizen in the NOLA area in the last 10 days or so. Earlier one was an off-duty NOLA cop–perp tried to steal his car with a couple of his kids in it–no hospital for that perp. Both occurred in areas typically almost untouched by crime and the perps seem to have been a little out of the ordinary, too. Looks a lot like meth fall-out to me, but what matters is that the more of these a–holes get shot, the less likely others will figure victims will just give up their cars. La. passed a “shoot the carjacker law,” like most states have “shoot the burglar” laws, giving one the right to cap that carjacker on a legal presumption that he’s armed, threatening your life, and no retreat is required. It works best if they get killed, particularly if it’s like those roach bait things and they crawl back to whatever hive they came out of and bleed all over the place. That really seems to get the message across.
Problem with walking the yellow line in these instances is that too often the scum doesn’t just want your car or even if they do, if you’re too compliant, they may get the idea they can squeeze you for more and you’re off to a Channon Christopher /Chris Newsom event. If someone’s crazy enough to threaten you with a gun in an Arby’s drive-thru, they’re crazy enough to take you and your car and do unspeakable things, ending in your death. Don’t F—in’ let them!
Sheriff Harry Lee has been one of the toughest and best law enforcement officials in this region for decades. He calls ‘em like he sees ‘em. I’d be surprised if the quote attributed to him was reported in context. I’d expect his statement to be more like, “Way to go kid! It might’ve been safer to hand over the keys, but sometimes courage is better than safe; so, damn, way to go!” That said, he’s an old, increasingly decrepit man now and the “give ‘em what they want” mantra is pervasive LEO liability avoidance speak. It’ll be sad if the Chinese Cowboy goes gently into that good night. At least we know we’ve got a 17 year old who could step up.]]>