Posted by Rojas @ 2:08 am on December 25th 2008

Merry Christmas, Plaxico!

A little less than a year ago, Redskins DB Sean Taylor was shot and killed in his own home by invaders. Police protection, needless to say, availed him nothing.

Earlier this month, New York Giants wide reciever Plaxico Burress idiotically shot himself in the leg while visiting a dance club. I make no allowances for the fact that he foolishly and unsafely brought a gun into a private business without its permission; nor am I impressed by a professional athlete visiting a dance club while on the physically unable to perform list with a groin injury.

All that said: today, the police raided Plaxico’s house. It is more that a bit difficult to imagine Mr. Burress being a danger to public safety given his current status. It is also not hard to understand why he might have firearms in his home.

Can this be explained as anything other than the police making an example of the man? Were he not a black man with cornrows, and a high-profile athlete, would he have been targeted? And is it possible that the police in New Jersey might have more productive things to do with their time?

9 Comments »

  1. Taylor was under police protection?

    Comment by James — 12/25/2008 @ 1:15 pm

  2. We’re all under police protection. It seems to be more effective for some of us than for others.

    Comment by Rojas — 12/25/2008 @ 2:11 pm

  3. Please. Police only deter those ultimately unwilling to commit violent crimes and investigate the violent crimes of those who ultimately are willing to commit them.

    Comment by James — 12/25/2008 @ 3:18 pm

  4. Concealed Carry is a felony there, though, Rojas, so while you may not agree that it should be, “house of man under investigation for felony gets raided” isn’t much of a shocker.

    Comment by Adam — 12/25/2008 @ 3:23 pm

  5. Wasn’t it also an unregistered firearm that the dunce shot himself with?

    Comment by James — 12/25/2008 @ 3:33 pm

  6. Could well be. Firearms ownership in both NY and NJ is relatively regulated, I think.

    Comment by Adam — 12/25/2008 @ 4:25 pm

  7. I believe that had he produced the gun he’d shot himself with, no searching of premises would have occurred. I think its a stretch to suggest they are making an example of him. Would we be whining about special privileges for rich and famous if he was able to avoid having to produce the weapon he’d shot himself with?

    Comment by Jerrod — 12/26/2008 @ 9:49 am

  8. Reading the article, they found a clip to a .45 automatic. Perhaps they were searching for that gun, too?

    Oh, and if you’re dumb enough to carry a pistol in the waistband of your sweatpants, well, you kind of deserve what you’re getting.

    Comment by Cruise — 12/27/2008 @ 1:40 pm

  9. Hey, and maybe it will grow back, bigger!

    Comment by Adam — 12/28/2008 @ 11:47 am

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