The news item itself:
Actually, the only thing that's news is that it appears that Chrisman actually was fired over the event. (It is more a matter of simple historical analysis, rather than unfounded cynicism, to observe that this case was exceptional only because Chrisman's partner could not bring himself to defend Chrisman's actions, and was the one who provided the damning testimony. Without that, who wants to bet that we'd even have heard of this case? It is also just a matter of historical analysis to note the absolutely stunning rarity of anyone in
Rodriguez, of course, remains dead. So does his dog.
This post, though, is actually about Rodriguez' poor mother. Watching her in the above video, it's pretty obvious she did not expect the result of her call for "help" to be her son's murder. She, like so many of us, was probably trained from birth that calling 911 brings people whose primary goal is to help, and so she probably called in perfectly good faith.
She didn't know, and I admit that makes me heartsick.
Well, I bet she knows now.