Investigation into Louisville man’s shooting should be public
When someone opens a business, they assume the risk of going broke. They also reap the rewards if all goes as planned.
Likewise, it seems to me that if the police report is accurate, Trent Marion assumed the risk when he decided to hide meat in a diaper bag instead of paying at the checkout counter like most people.
When shoplifting occurs, as it does all too frequently, we all end up shouldering the store’s financial loss. One package of pork chops wouldn’t make that much difference, but shoplifting occurs over and over every day, in just about every store in every way imaginable.
Marion is accused of stealing meat from a Kroger store in Louisville’s Portland neighborhood. He lost more than money when he sped from Louisville across the Sherman Minton Bridge into Indiana. According to police, he led them on a chase reaching speeds of 90 mph. At that point, he put the lives of every motorist on Interstate 64 in danger.
There is much debate these days on whether high-speed chases should be allowed in anything other than the most extreme circumstances. This incident shows one reason why some police think it best to let the person go. Louisville police reportedly broke off the chase when Marion reached the bridge, claiming they would wait for another opportunity. Apparently everyone didn’t get the message because two Metro Louisville cruisers were amidst those photographed after the chase entered Harrison County.
That danger seemed to have passed when all but one of Marion’s tires were flattened when police laid ‘stop sticks’ in his path near Corydon. He did not, however, stop completely.
Marion continued to try to maneuver his car, even with three flat tires, from the westbound side of the interstate to the other. It seems to me that the car, as slow as it had to be traveling in the damp, squishy median, could have been blocked with the other police cars. But remember, police in those cars did not know the man was unarmed. Pulling a car in front of him could have been risky business.
Police feared what would happen if he made it into the other lane of traffic. All they knew about the man so far was that he was suspected of armed robbery. That’s what the dispatcher had relayed from reports across the river.
Remember, police are sworn to protect us. Had this man ‘ who seemed by his actions to be highly agitated ‘ committed armed robbery, anyone who crossed his path could’ve been at risk of loss of life or limb.
There have been times when a criminal has slipped through the system like an eel. One particular time involved a man who simply liked to show himself off to strangers, but if that wasn’t bad enough, his career in crime then escalated. He was convicted of a brutal murder.
At any rate, police at the scene when Marion drove into the median got out of their police cruisers and took aim. Some people think their actions were over the top. First, we’re very sorry Marion was struck by any bullet, much less the one that cost him his eye. We would never wish that, or worse, on anyone, and we’d like to make that perfectly clear.
It certainly seems that it should not have taken as many bullets to stop that car as it did. If it does, perhaps sharpshooting classes would be in order.
The intent is under the looking glass here, and to me, the officers’ intent was clear. While their fears may have prompted over-reaction, remember, they were out to stop the man.
At this writing, Prosecutor Dennis Byrd has not released the results of any investigation by the Indiana State Police into the incident. He wasn’t sure last week if he would step aside and have a special prosecutor appointed.
If he does not, and only Marion is charged, then hopefully the prosecutor will promptly release the results of that investigation. The public has a right to be protected. It also has a right to know.