This is a story published in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review in regards to the shooting death of one of our canine officers and the suspect Justin Jackson. Thought it was too good not to share. There is truth in it that doesn't only apply to this case.

"There is nothing in words," wrote Ovid, the Roman poet. "Believe what is before your eyes."

Perhaps Donald and Anna Jackson should take that timeless advice as they, defend the indefensible:

Donald Jackson is the father of Justin Jackson, 19, who will be buried today. Tuesday last, Justin fatally shot a Pittsburgh police dog; he likely would have shot several police officers had they not taken him out.

Donald Jackson likened his son's death to an "execution" and an overreaction to the dog's killing, obviously a trifling thing to him. "(Police) are going to pay for shooting my son over a dog!" said Anna Jackson, Justin's mother. Other relatives talk of the gun being planted by police. Police are racist, they add; they were too quick to shoot.

Justin Jackson was one of those proverbial good kids who had made bad choices but was getting his life together, we are told. How? By walking around with a .357 handgun tucked into his pants, on probation for, a year ago, assaulting a 13-year-old kid while - what's this - he had a gun tucked into his pants? This kid was a thug. Assaults and theft were his second nature. His run-ins with police began when he was 8.

And now the Jacksons are blaming police for robbing Justin Jackson of his chance to turn his life around? Please. Spare us.

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Jun. 1, 2008 at 10:43 PM It's amazing to me how people refuse to take responsibility for their actions today.  This young man shot a cop, no matter that this cop walked on four legs.  Had he survived the cop shooting, he would have been tried for murder of a police officer and all that comes with that.  Yeah, I'm not feeling a whole lot of sympathy for the parents beyond the loss of their child.  That is something I would never wish on anyone.  For the rest of it:  pull your heads out of  your a**es and realize that your version of the world is not where anyone else lives!

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Aug. 11, 2008 at 12:04 PM

Amen sister! 

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