Air Marshal Kills Erratic Passenger in Miami
An agitated passenger who claimed to have a bomb in his backpack was shot and killed by a federal air marshal Wednesday after he bolted frantically from a jetliner that was boarding for takeoff, officials said. No bomb was found.
The passenger, identified as Rigoberto Alpizar, indicated there was a bomb in his bag and was confronted by air marshals but ran off the aircraft, Doyle said. The marshals went after him and ordered him to get down on the ground, but he did not comply and was shot when he apparently reached into the bag, Doyle said.
First, I'm sorry that someone had to die today. While I don't know the mental state of the man who got shot I do know that the air marshal acted reasonably.
But now I'm going to make a prediction about the results of this incindent. First, the media will pounce on this one with nothing but utter contempt for the air marshal. The "victim" will be the man who was out of control and claiming to have a bomb.
Editorial boards will call for "reviews" of the "process" that is involved in shootings. (I could simply lay it out for them: man threatens lives, man gets shot. But that's too simple and doesn't involve the subtleties of race, socioeconomic status, whether or not the weapon used looks scary and could be called an "assualt" weapon...)
Some windbag congressman will call for the disarming of air marshals. Blah blah blah. Some time passes and BBBBOOOOOMMMMMM.
Same windbags, same editorial boards will be saying "Why didn't Bush do something to protect that plane?"