New Rule: Don’t call the cops. Ever. It’s been a while now since we last saw “to serve and protect” on any law enforcement official’s car, but there’s no doubt they’re still serving and protecting — themselves. Apparently, though, that little memorandum didn’t make it to the parents of one 18-year-old, special-needs California girl named Yanira Serrano. At least, not in time to save their daughter’s life.
On June 4th, 2014, 911 dispatchers in San Mateo County received a call from Yanira’s family. According to police, they were told that a “violent female suspect was thought to be armed in Half Moon Bay.” Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt said
“We [had] deputies that were responding to the scene with the information that somebody was acting in a psychotic nature armed with a knife and won’t put it down even for her own family.”
The family tells a different story, though. According to Yanira’s brother Tiny, they had called 911 asking for paramedics and medical assistance. Yasina was a special-needs girl (a fact of which they informed the dispatcher) who had missed her dose of medication. She had a knife, and they were afraid she’d harm someone — herself.
The department dispatched an officer, Deputy Menh Trieu, who arrived at the home before the paramedics arrived. Trieu confronted Yanira. Deputy Rosenblatt reports:
“Deputies arrived on-scene. Shortly thereafter there was a confrontation where the deputy was in fear for his life, and as a result fired his weapon…That individual was coming at our deputy with a knife with the intent to harm him. He should be allowed to protect himself, otherwise we might be doing an interview about a deputy not going home to his family and kids.”
After all, what’s a grown man with a gun, taser, pepper spray, handcuffs and backup supposed to do to a 110-pound girl with a knife, if not to shoot her in the chest? Really — be reasonable.
Guess that’ll teach her to bring a knife to a gunfight; maybe the individual would have known better if she wasn’t so…”special needs.”
Of course, Yanira’s family wasn’t quite so understanding of the pig — err, “officer’s” — murder of said “individual.” They’re demanding answers as to why the officer used his gun instead of his taser. Answers they won’t get, because, as we all know, cops have no “special duty” to put their own lives at risk to protect the public.
It’s not as though we were paying them to do exactly that.
But, maybe this was just a fluke. It would be unheard of if California police were to, say, shoot an unarmed man in the back two months ago. Or if, in an eerily similar incident back in November, Michigan police were to shoot an unarmed girl in the face when she staggered to them for help after a car accident. At least in Texas, police aren’t pulling out their sidearms and gunning down unarmed, mentally ill men in cold blood, then lying about it — before they realized they were caught on video.
Just going by that, you have to wonder if America might not have been a slightly safer had we wound up plus one off-her-meds girl-with-a-knife, and minus one trigger-happy, p***y-ass excuse for a cop.
No, friends; we can’t say anything bad has come of taking “to serve and protect” off those cars. Not at all.
Tiny Serrano may have summed it up best:
“Who are we supposed to call now when we need help, when [the people who are] supposed to help us are killing our kids?”
Watch the news report on the police officer shooting Yanira Serrano.
(San Mateo is Spanish for St. Matthew — the patron saint of security forces, tax collectors, stock brokers and bankers.)