Loading...
http://super-sound.shopcool.ru АБСОЛЮТНО БЕСПРОВОДНЫЕ BLUETOOTH НАУШНИКИ (АНАЛОГ AIRBEATS) Беспроводные наушники с...

Ugly theater drama reveals the bad, good

AMCScene2.jpg

Greenville police and other law enforcement officers responded to the AMC Fire Tower 12 late Friday, Feb. 23, after a report shots had been fired inside the complex.

Loading…

Sunday, March 4, 2018

The dramatic confrontation and subsequent police response nine days ago at the AMC Fire Tower 12 showed a full range of humanity, from selfish to selfless, in a matter of minutes, with the best possible of outcomes: all parties left the business safe and sound albeit a bit shaken.

Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman, with a bit of incredulity, explained how the drama unfolded prior to a showing of “Black Panther.” “Yeah, believe it or not, we believe this entire thing started over assigned seating in the theater. In other words, ‘You’re in my seat,’ that leads to an argument, that leads to a gun being pulled out and at least one round being fired up into the ceiling.”

We don’t know the details of the argument, which party was in the right or wrong, but everyone knows that firing a gun is the absolute worst response to that situation — everyone except maybe the big brain in the blue and white shirt and blue and white hat who police arrested a couple days later. 

Of course he is innocent until proven guilty, but the man simply could have approached the management if someone had taken his seat, or he could have moved if the seat’s rightful owner asked him to please do so. He could have moved even if the exchange was less pleasant.

Instead, Mr. Big Shot and his girlfriend (she was arrested, too) can think only of themselves. They argue and fight, the man fires his pistol and starts a panic — you don’t have to be a behavioral scientist to know that a gunshot in a theater will scare people, especially nine days after a shooting rampage killed 17 people at a school in Florida and stirred memories of the 2012 theater shooting that killed 12 in Colorado.

The incident ruined everybody’s night. No “Black Panther” or any other movie for anyone after that. At the very least, the guy needs some anger management classes, and he doesn’t need to be carrying a gun.

The first police officers entered the building quickly, the chief said, less than two minutes after they were called. This is where the story takes a positive turn. 

The officers did not know exactly what would face them when they entered. Surely the same thoughts movie-goers had of shooters with high-powered weapons and fully loaded magazines crossed their minds. Instead of holding back, or running away, these officers geared up and ran toward the danger. 

In this day and age, it is an eventuality for which local law enforcement regularly trains. Every summer, for instance, they pick a school building and practice their active-shooter response with guns that shoot paint pellets and actors who play bad guys and bystanders. The protocol calls for the first available officer — on or off duty — to push forward as back up scrambles to the scene.

Officers from Greenville, East Carolina University and the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office showed how well their training and efforts to equip them has worked. Within 10 minutes several waves of vested responders with rifles had overrun the business. An active shooter would have had nowhere to hide.

Thank goodness more was not required of these heroic people. We know the sight of them may have surprised and frightened many that night, but by most accounts they performed with great professionalism. We can take comfort that they are ready, willing and able to do their job — a job that in the worst-case scenario risks their lives to protect ours.

Loading…

Humans of Greenville

@HumansofGville

Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.

Editorials

September 19, 2018

Hurricane Florence has lingered over North Carolina. The storm’s initial rain, high winds and storm surge-flooding has been followed by even more rain, swollen creeks and rivers along with impassable roads from interstates to neighborhood drives.

Cities like Wilmington — not merely…

Tropical Weather North Carolina-4

September 18, 2018

"The youth use of e-cigs is rising very sharply," Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Wednesday, as he issued the federal government's most forceful warning yet that these electronic nicotine-delivery devices are hooking a generation of teenagers. He promised that…

Flavored Vaping Sales Ban

September 17, 2018

America shouldn’t be in the coup business. Period.

It’s a relief, then, to learn that the Trump administration chose not to aid rebellious leaders in Venezuela seeking to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro. But it’s worrisome to think that President Trump and his advisers…

Venezuela Nicolas Maduro

September 14, 2018

Over the past few decades, there has been a proliferation of criminal statutes and regulations carrying criminal penalties at the federal level. As Congress debates criminal justice reform, mens rea reform should be on the table.

For years, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has introduced and called for…

Trump Finance-3

September 13, 2018

It is tremendously sad and horrific to think about the forthcoming disaster and what it could bring to our communities and our neighbors to the south. We did nothing, really, other than live like we always have, to bring this on ourselves. Nevertheless, it is here.

Hurricane Florence, a major storm…

091218Sandbagging-4.jpg

September 12, 2018

You can add the name Jordan McNair to the list of college, high school and middle school players who might have needlessly died for the love of football.

A simple, well-known procedure — immersing McNair, 19, in a tub of ice water — when he collapsed at an off-season University of…

082918ECUFootball-5.jpg

September 11, 2018

By now, few might lift an eyebrow at President Trump’s crusade to delegitimize his own Justice Department and, specifically, his attorney general, Jeff Sessions. It long ago became clear that Trump regards federal law enforcement — as he sees all of government — as a political…

Trump Sessions

September 08, 2018

Republican state lawmakers decided last week to investigate the Cooper administration’s slow response to Hurricane Matthew relief in some of the state’s hardest-hit areas. That could be a useful exercise, if our legislators use what they find to fix real problems, and they don’t…

090518Cooper-HilmaGreens-2

September 07, 2018

When all of the state’s living former governors, including Pat McCrory, and all of the state’s former chief justices, including arch-conservative I. Beverly Lake Jr., come out against something unanimously, chances are it’s a bad idea.

Even the General Assembly had to notice…

North Carolina Ballot Battle

September 07, 2018

If President Donald Trump hadn’t bragged at a campaign rally in Alabama that if he were an NFL owner, he would fire any “son of a bitch” who knelt during the national anthem, would Colin Kaepernick be a face of Nike’s Just Do It campaign?

Would a black-and-white image of…

Kaepernick Nike
103 stories in Editorials. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 11
        Next Page»   Last Page»