On Tuesday at 6:30 a.m., an off-duty, female police officer was getting out of her car on 18th Street, S.E. when a man approached her.Remind me again how this differs from the Trayvon Martin incident. We have only the woman's word that he attempted to rob her. Since weapons charges are not mentioned, one would presume no weapon was found on the alleged would be robber. In Washington D.C., unlike Florida, you have a duty to retreat in the face of armed threat. Only if you are unable to retreat are you before you're legally permitted to fire in self defense.
Metropolitan Police Department Spokesman Gwendolyn Crump told me that 28-year-old Marcus Young of Southeast indicated that he had a weapon while reaching in his waistband. Mr. Young threatened the officer and tried to rob her.
The officer feared for her life, according to Ms. Crump, so she shot the suspect in the chest with her service weapon. The police will not identify the officer who joined the force last year.
Mr. Young was transported to a local hospital and treated for his injury. He was charged with assault with the intent to rob.
However, I'm not expecting this to rise to a national civil rights crisis.
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