Blaming the Victim

October 22, 2004 by
Filed under: Current Affairs, Sports 

In Boston, 21-year-old Victoria Snelgrove was killed by police firing “pepper balls” into a crowd of revelers celebrating the Red Sox victory over the Yankees in the American League Championship series. (AP Article via Yahoo)

The mayor blamed the revelers for her death. Apparently, someone standing near her threw a bottle at a mounted police officer, and another officer fired the plastic balls filled with pepper spray into the crowd. One of the balls pierced her eye and she later died of head injuries.

As a result, the mayor is storming about banning alcohol in Boston during the World Series, and asking colleges to expel any students involved in criminal activity.

I think we have two problems here:
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2. The police overreacted. According to the story, the police are supposed to avoid shooting the pepper balls at people’s faces – something that clearly didn’t happen.

I think that the rowdy fans take responsibility for the riots, but that the police have ultimate responsibility for Victoria’s death. Training was clearly broken in the use of pepper balls anywhere near someone’s head.

(Disclaimer – my brother is a police officer. He probably wouldn’t be too happy about what I’ve written here.)


One Comment on Blaming the Victim

  1. Sarah on Tue, 26th Oct 2004 5:42 pm
  2. Your brother will understand that police persons are human and make mistakes, just as do the rest of us. He will also know that when he lays his life on the line to keep us safe, we appreciate it. I’ve had both bad and good experiences with officers of the law and try to keep what happens in perspective. Unfortunately, the bad stuff makes headlines. Can you imagine a newsroom editor trying to make a headline story, “Officer protects citizen from peeping tom”? As a civilization, we have become so hungry for and sophisticated about entertainment and the media that simple and everyday stuff won’t do. Won’t sell.

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