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John C. Randolph |
July 25th, 2011 at 6:58 pm
I wish Mr. Maye the best of luck on getting his life back on track after being imprisoned for a decade. It won’t be easy but he has a shot.
And you, Mr. Balko, deserve credit for seeing this through. It takes a lot of balls to defy uniformed official-dom on the behalf of a black man who shot a cop. I’m pretty sure that 10 years ago I would have simply accepted the official story and not thought twice about a guy like Cory Maye.
You know what the really screwed up thing about this whole story is? It didn’t have to happen. The police’s choice of tactics got an officer fatally shot and made a felon of a man who, in the heat of the moment, thought he was exercising his basic right to self-defense. He was on death row; it could have cost them both their lives. For what?
Again, I wish Cory Maye and his family the best of luck.
Great pictures Radley! I am so glad that I had the opportunity to meet you! You are an angel here on earth. If you had not given Cory a voice things would have turned out differently… I thank you and his whole team of lawyers for not giving up on him and continuing to be persistent even when things seemed like an impossible hill to climb. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
May God continue to bless you and allow you to touch other peoples lives like you did for Cory. Its an amazing Victory to witness!
“The police’s choice of tactics got an officer fatally shot. . .”
In other words, the cop got himself killed. Well, to be fair, anyone who dies “got themselves killed”, in the practical sense – that’s a trivial truth that nobody appeals to except in an attempt to mask hidden or unexamined moral premises. What matters is the moral sense. The cop chose to invade someone’s home because they thought they might be using or selling a plant, and on top of that they got the wrong home.
It was a good shoot. I can understand Cory feeling terrible for it. After all, not everyone who chooses to do a genuinely bad thing – even a truly horrible thing that justifies lethal retaliation – is necessarily a “bad person”, and it’s sad when anyone dies. And Cory Maye is a truly gracious and beautiful man who deserves more admiration than most so-called heroes for retaining that capacity for sympathy and remorse through what must have been a decade of pure hell.
But, god damn it, it was a good shoot, and nobody but Officer Jones’s fault. Not procedure’s fault, not tactics’ fault, not the drug war’s fault. Jones’s fault.