This L.A. Times image by photographer Don Bartletti of the aftermath of the killing in Santa Ana yesterday of the alleged suspect wanted in connection with the shooting last Friday of two Long Beach police officers shows some details some might not consider worthy of comment but I think bear examination. Details like both Santa Ana officers on the left side of the frame standing a few feet away from the dead man enjoying tasty beverages. Details like the broad grin on the cop facing the camera.
Look, cops are human and when they put themselves on the line there’s understandable relief, pride and satisfaction when they make the world have one less bad guy and do it cleanly without themselves or bystanders getting shot or worse. I can totally respect that. I’m just saying that if they’re going to mill about in the immediate proximity of the corpse just created they might want to refrain from acting like they’re at some kind of shindig, ya dig?