TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2021
Also, strict rules for the Times: In the past week or so, we've been spending more time than usual at the Washington Post's Fatal Force site.
Technically, the site is designed as a digest of fatal shootings by police officers. From another standpoint, the site is a chronicle of mental illness, violent crime and personal despair.
It isn't an up-to-the minute digest. At present, its three most recent fatal shootings occurred on Saturday, April 24. According to Fatal Force, these shootings occurred that day:
Richard Solitro: "Richard Solitro, a 34-year-old White man, was shot on April 24, 2021, on a street in Los Angeles."
So says Fatal Force. In December 2018, Solitro was also shot by a police officer in North Providence, Rhode Island. He survived that shooting, died last week in L.A.
Marvin Veiga: "An unidentified person, a man armed with a knife, was shot on April 24, 2021, on a street in Nashville, Tennessee."
So says Fatal Force. By now, the man has been identified as Marvin Veiga, age 32.
According to the Tennessean, he was wanted in Brockton, Mass. on a criminal homicide charge. He'd been added to the Massachusetts "most wanted" list in March.
Benjamin Ridley: "Benjamin Ridley, a 29-year-old White man armed with a gun, was shot on April 24, 2021, in Webbers Falls, Okla."
So says Fatal Force. According to this news report, police say they were trying to arrest him on outstanding warrants.
These fatal shootings are all under investigation. You aren't going to hear about them, nor are we saying you should.
That said, here's the previous fatal shooting in the current listings. Police say they think they know who this person is, but no announcement has been made, pending autopsy results:
An unidentified person: "An unidentified person, a man armed with a gun, was shot on April 23, 2021, in a house in Billings, Montana."
So says Fatal Force. Identification is expected soon.
This person seems to have killed another person along the way last weekend. The body of Dennis Gresham, of Sheridan, Wyoming, was found in the van this man was driving, according to police.
The van had belonged to Gresham. For his wife's account, click here.
We'll guess that this unidentified person will turn out to have been "white." Based on our knowledge of Massachusetts, we'll guess that Veira's race / ethnicity might be somewhat harder to define, given the standard buckets with which we work.
These events go on and on, roughly three per day, back through all the years. You hear about a selected few, concerning which we'll only say this:
As with everything else they do, the giants of our upper-end press corps are displaying very poor judgment in the way they're reporting this new topic of interest. They simply aren't especially sharp, and they're extremely susceptible to Storyline and script.
Their judgment is unfailingly poor. We think again of all the IQ points Kevin Drum's work on leaded gasoline seems to say that we all lost before unleaded came along. At any rate, experts routinely tell us this:
The upper-end press corps' current work is pretty much the best they can do.
In an unrelated matter, strict rules for the New York Times appeared today in this perfectly sensible piece. Given the logic we brought you this morning, we had to chuckle a bit.
Readers, also this: There but for fortune, some have said. We heard this when we were young.
Mental illness, and despair, could have been ours, or yours...