February 22, 2005
I always enjoy listening to people who walked away with a wad of money in a bullshit lawsuit. Their motivation for the suit NEVER involved money. They just wanted tp send a message. I do, however, notice that these people never give the money away to further the message.
"It would have been too painful for us to go through a court trial and all the appeals," Drypen said. "What we hope to do now is make people more aware of the poor treatment we received by the sheriff's department and that they are not trained to deal with mental illness. If we can do that, then Christopher's life would be made worthwhile."
The facts are that a 5'-11", 210-pound crazed teenager attacked a group of sheriff's deputies with a steak knife after the parents called 911 for help. The police shot the boy dead when he attacked them. I suppose we should arm our law enforcement people with tranquilizer darts for such situations. After all, there was no possible reason for shooting the poor boy with real bullets.
"They've taken evidence and twisted it to their advantage," McCabe said of the Drypens and their attorney. "It's all garbage. It's all at the foot of the Drypens really. Why did they allow him to go without taking his medication? Why didn't they do something before this? Why did police have to be the mental health advocates here?"
Good question. It was answered by a $4 million settlement from the city.
Don't get me wrong. I am truly sorry that the boy was killed. But he brought that fate upon himself and I don't know what else the cops were supposed to do, except maybe allow the boy to kill THEM. The parents, of course, bear no responsibility whatsoever in this case.
On Friday, Christopher's older sister, Katie Drypen, took a few minutes to write an e-mail to the Free Press about her sorrow.
"There is not a day in my life that goes by without thinking of Chris," Katie wrote. "I miss him more than words could ever express. ... I swear even though he's gone I can still feel him around us. Chris would have graduated" from Milford High School this year. It's a shame that Chris' life was stolen."
I disagree. If anything was "stolen," it was 4 million dollars.
Well it worked for them, they got rid of a child that was going to be a problem the rest of their life and got the county to give them $ 4 million dollars too. May they rot in hell.
where do I sign the internet petition to bring back personal responsibility ?
I wonder had he sunk that steak knife into the neck of a deputy she would have thought about the dead deputy every day.
It's like every street thug who gets arrested suddenly becomes a choirboy in the press.
Hmmm....Talked to him for an hour --- "Police goaded him". Was the lawyer there to witness this?
Off his meds.
Charged the cops with a knife---I don't care if it was a butter knife, it's still a weapon.
"Assualt with a deadly weapon = right to shoot." Sorry, PC term would be = "right to PROTECT and/or DEFEND ones self".
Yeah, I wonder, if that kid put the shiv into some cop and croaked him, would the Department be allowed to sue the family for 4 million?
The press (specifically the Oakland Press) bear much of the responsibility for false, emotionally charged liberal rhetoric that contains very little in the way of factual information. I have heard people ask "why didn't the cops shoot the gun out of his hand" or why didn't the cops take the stabbing, its not as bad as getting shot.? To be this igonorant makes it impossible for anyone to explain the facts to them and expect a logical conclusion from them. Too bad the 16 yr old lost his life by his own doing. Worse yet, the deputies and their families have had to suffer attacks by the ignorant cop-haters, wacko liberal journalists and a family that refuses to place the blame where it belongs; on themselves and their son.
You fuckwits, the kid was suffering from a MENTAL ILLNESS you ASSHOLES. I don't like to swear but reading your ignorant shit just pisses me right off.
A couple who called the police for help end up losing their child. What brave policemen!! I thought they were supposed to protect the public, not their own asses. You ask: "I don't know what else the cops were supposed to do, except maybe allow the boy to kill THEM". Surely they could have taken him out without killing him. Aren't they supposed to be trained? Are American cops really so useless and stupid?