We have covered such incidents before, but it bears repeating.
Tiffany Callaway, a Miami-Dade Corrections officer, left her five children unsupervised in her home while she was working. While she was gone her 13-year-old son got a shotgun out of a firearm case in the master bedroom closet. He accidentally discharged it. His eleven-year-old brother was fatally shot in the chest, and died.
In a masterpiece of gall, Callaway started a GoFundMe page to attract donations. “Imaging life without him is something we never thought we’d have to do as a family,” she said.
“Only goes to show it can impact anybody in the community,” said Miami-Dade Police Director Alvaro Zabaleta in another fatuous pronouncement that misses the point. “It” won’t “impact” anyone who doesn’t leave young children alone with access to deadly weapons.
Apparently no charges will be filed against the officer. Ridiculous.She is 100% responsible for the death of her child and the trauma to the older child who fired the weapon. She was negligent to leave them alone in the house, negligent in not training them regarding gun safety, and negligent in not having the gun secure, Police say they are investigating whether the gun was properly secured—what is there to investigate? A kid got a hold of the gun, which was loaded, and fired it! Of course it wasn’t properly secured: it it were properly secured, no one would have been killed.
No wonder anti-gun fanatics think guns just kill people all by themselves.
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“In a masterpiece of gall, Callaway started a GoFundMe page to attract donations.”
More galling? It’s up to $17 large.
It is completely reasonable that a 13 y ear old child shouldn’t be able to get a firearm tht ie reasonably secured but I’m not willing to jump on the she’s criminally liable bandwagon until I see more of the evidence as to how the firearm and ammo were stored.
That said; there is no excuse for leaving a loaded firearm unsecured and where children can get their hands on it.
She’s a corrections officer. Like cops, they protect their own, maybe more so. Someone I myself forced from the Newark Police Department for brutally beating up a civilian who he got mad at moved to Florida, was hired as a corrections officer, and is now up on charges for beating prisoners, which he’ll probably get a slap on the wrist for.
There is a clear difference in maturity between a 13-year-old and a 3-year-old. A 13-year-old is presumably mature enough to be able to handle a firearm without accidentally shooting someone. Our customs and traditions do not hold parents or legal guardians criminally liable for accidents caused by their 13-year-old children, even if the child in question was grossly negligent.
“She’s a corrections officer. Like cops, they protect their own, maybe more so.”
Protecting their own seems to have been birthed at the same time as police officers/departments. It is at the root of why the defund the police movement started, why there are riots every time a cop kills a black person. Of course good cops make mistakes and lately they get swept up in the anti-cop sentiment sweeping through a segment of the country. The thing is, protecting bad cops is what severely taints all the rest and the solution begins with leadership being willing to either reform or fire the dirty and dangerous ones. We cannot afford to have bullies carrying guns and badges with all the associated power.
I support police but am unwilling to ignore the corruption within departments that is causing so many serious problems for so long.
The thing is officers take time and money to train, so the municipalities would rather not discard that if they don’t have to. That said, some folks become officers who should have been screened out in the hiring process. Not to get into war stories, but I personally worked over 25 termination cases for cops (and a bunch more for other folks). Of that, I’d say five were for being found psychologically unfit, five more were for testing positive for things you’re not allowed to test positive for, just the one was for brutality. There were two or three more who were fired for other misconduct on duty, notably one who supposedly tried to freelance, almost messed up an anti-street racing operation, and compounded the problem by breaking radio discipline. Five more were women who got involved with (in some cases married) gang members or felons and concealed it, five more, possibly seven more, were for lying on their applications about undesirable things in their past and being found out later.
The conclusion I draw from this is that the screening process for applicants needs a lot of work. I don’t doubt that for every one of these folks who concealed their ineligibility and later got caught and terminated, at least one more slipped through the cracks and wasn’t found out until it was too late. The one guy who I did get rid of for brutality was one of those, I think. His history with us and his later history in FL indicates that the guy just has a real problem keeping his hands off other people and uses force as a first resort. Those kind of people shouldn’t even make it past the first round of testing.
Am I missing something? What is the rationale behind the GoFundMe effort in this particular case? I presume Corrections Officers have good medical benefits, and any costs associated with trying to save the life of this child would be covered. As would any psychiatry and/or psychology for the child who presumably did not have the intent of killing his younger sibling and counseling for this grieving family.
Proper cleaning of spilt blood or replacement of window(s)? Tuition for a class designed for children for safe handling of firearms (which the NRA would do, gratis)?
I have a hard time believing that a parent would grift off of such personal tragedy and the guilt that would come from knowing you failed the ultimate duty of a parent. There’s nothing in the story that explains what anticipated costs the money is supposed to cover.
Is this where we are now? Accidents happen, but if the 13 year old could retrieve the shotgun and had not been properly indoctrinated into firearm safety, we need to know that before “only goes to show” is uttered aloud.