Friday, April 24, 2009

Kudos to police for taking Shatona Robinson's life seriously

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Sometimes you're happy to have been wrong, especially if you were wrong about something important. The final verdict isn't in yet, but it looks as if my recently expressed cynicism about the official response to Officer Martray Procter was mistaken. Procter killed Shatona Robinson, 20, when his police car, doing 90mph with no siren or blue lights, slammed into the young woman's car. Yesterday, the officer was charged with involuntary manslaughter, which could net him anywhere from 10 months to nearly 5 years in stir. As pointed out earlier here, in the past a speeding Charlotte police officer who kills somebody due to reckless driving might — might — have to plead guilty to misdemeanor death by vehicle and serve 1-45 days in jail. This time around, Monroe's folks are taking care of business. As Shatona Robinson's cousin Crystal Robinson told the daily paper, ""I was surprised and relieved they're actually taking care of it." It is still unclear whether the police force will pay for Shatona Robinson's funeral, and, of course, there's no guarantee that a plea bargain won't be worked out that would spare Procter from doing serious time. We'll see about those issues later, but for now, kudos to the new Monroe regime at the police department for doing the right thing following this awful tragedy.

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