In another “tragic accident” in which no one will be held accountable, the officers of Bexar County, Texas opened fire on a suspect, killing her, and a stray round hit and killed 6-year-old Kameron Prescott:
Six-year-old Kameron Prescott was killed when deputies opened fire on a woman at a mobile home park following a nearly two-hour manhunt. Authorities say the woman was a wanted felon and car-theft suspect.
Salazar said the deputies fired at and killed the woman at the scene because she placed them “in direct fear of their lives.” One of the rounds also went into the house, striking Kameron Prescott in the abdomen.
The suspect was unarmed at the time of her death and it’s not clear she ever actually had a weapon. The caveat here is that the car thief had been yelling that she would shoot the police so they did have cause to believe she was armed. This time.
But once she stepped out onto the porch, four cops opened fire instead of trying to deescalate the situation because they were “in direct fear of their lives”, the legal catchphrase all police are taught to say when they pull the trigger. By training officers to place their own safety above all other considerations, we have allowed a “shoot first, ask questions later” mentality that results in a mortality rate unmatched in the Industrialized world. Our police kill more in a year than the police in some European countries have killed in decades. And children are no stranger to being their collateral damage.
Kameron’s death will be written off as an unfortunate accident, his family will be paid some money for their loss, and everyone will eventually move on. Except for Kameron, of course. He’s dead because the police have been trained to fear for their lives instead of trying to preserve the lives of others.
Donations for the Kameron Prescott Memorial Fund will be accepted at the two Schertz Bank & Trust branches in Schertz or by mail to the Kameron Prescott Memorial Fund, Schertz Bank & Trust (P.O. Box 800), Schertz, Texas, 78154.