Tuesday, January 27, 2004
Maui woman's troubles escalated, records show - The Honolulu Advertiser - Hawaii's Newspaper: "Last year she served at least three months in Maui Community Correctional Center after a conviction for stealing a pickup truck and possessing burglar's tools and crystal methamphetamine. Then she failed to show up for a Sept. 10 drug test required of her probation and had her supervised release revoked.
Her problems came to a violent conclusion Friday when she was shot and killed by a police officer. According to police, she was driving a stolen 2004 Cadillac and trying to get away when she was hit in the head by a single bullet, fired by an officer whose life, police said, was endangered by her erratic driving."
It's really a shame that this woman had to die, but unfortunately that is the kind of thing that can happen when you do drugs, steal cars and try to run from police. It's called "assumption of risk." Getting shot and killed by police is an occupational hazard when you're a car thief who doesn't surrender when ordered to.
I feel badly for the family of this woman and for the police officer who had to shoot her to stop her little crime spree. Unfortunately this case just underlines the problems caused in our society by drug abuse and of being soft on crime.
Car theft and burglarly from autos is so lightly punished in Hawaii that it might as well not even be illegal. Just about every story about car thieves getting arrested or convicted reveals that the thieves in question have long records that often include a dozen or more prior convictions for auto theft. As usual they will get sentenced to some months in jail, working out with their friends, a sentence that will inevitably be halved for "good behavior." In the end they'll probably have served what amounts to some weeks in jail, then be sent back onto the street to steal more cars until they get caught again and repeat the process.
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