Sometimes, you read the news and it's all as obvious as a soap commercial.
Other times, it's like peeling an onion--
Grandmother leaves child in locked car while shopping, the headline read. OMG! Lock 'er up! Next paragraphs reveal the car was locked, running, and the air conditioning was on; the child was napping. Oh! So, no harm, no foul, then? Doesn't look that way: she's been arrested, the child handed over to Child Protective Services and the car was hauled off to impound. There's probably more to this story, but I can't find it.
So, a fluke, right?
I dunno. Next up, a teenager gets shot by an adult in some kind of neighborhood dispute, dies in hospital. Police briefly have the shooter in custody, believe him to have acted in self-defense, and let him go...and then it turns out that not only was he a felon in possession of firearms -- unlawful possession -- but his most recent stint behind bars was because he was carrying a gun despite being legally barred from so doing. So how'd IMPD miss that, in this Age of Information with a networked computer in every car? Oh, and the precipitating incident is looking less and less clear-cut; police statements imply the victim may have a criminal history, too. Meanwhile, the shooter has gone on the lam.
The adult shooter is white, the teenaged victim, black. The Ten Point Coalition, a group of urban ministers, was working the neighborhood yesterday, hoping to defuse tensions. If you were looking for a simple, clear-cut narrative cast in the gothic mode, this ain't it.
Easy answers? There aren't any.
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