The “Let 16-Year-Old Girls Stab People” media is back with, “Let Suicide Bombers Blow Themselves Up”.
We’re now in a permanent state of media pro-crime insanity so that this police shooting somehow becomes controversial.
Investigators said Phet Gouvonvong, 31, of Worcester called 911 after 10 p.m. Tuesday, saying he had a bomb. Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early said officers found him around Grafton Street in Worcester with “what appeared to be an assault rifle, body armor, a backpack and an explosive device, as well as other wires and different things about his person.”
Early said officers tried to deescalate the situation, both in person and on the phone.
“He was telling us that, ‘This bomb could and would go off,’ … but I can’t get into the negotiations,” Early said in a press conference Wednesday morning. The dispatcher “kept him home on the phone for a long time doing her job.”
This is about as straightforward as it gets.
Phet Gouvonvong, 31, appeared to be “heavily armed,” when police found him on Grafton Street, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early. He was holding what looked like an assault rifle and wearing body armor and a backpack with wires coming out of it. He also had a handgun and multiple rounds of ammunition.
Gouvonvong had called 911 around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday and told dispatchers he was armed with a bomb and threatened to detonate it, Early said. Authorities tracked his location by pinging his cell phone. The Worcester Police Department SWAT team was also on scene.
Since everything is insane now, the AP (which replaced its former news gathering operation with social justice editorials) rolled it into its rant about the evils of police.
Even as the Derek Chauvin case was fresh in memory — the reading of the verdict in a Minneapolis courtroom, the shackling of the former police officer, the jubilation at what many saw as justice in the death of George Floyd — even then, blood flowed on America’s streets.
And even then, some of that blood was shed at the hands of law enforcement.
At least six people were fatally shot by officers across the United States in the 24 hours after jurors reached a verdict in the murder case against Chauvin on Tuesday. The roll call of the dead is distressing:
A 16-year-old girl in Columbus, Ohio.
An oft-arrested man in Escondido, California.
A 42-year-old man in eastern North Carolina.
An unidentified man in San Antonio.
Another man, killed in the same city within hours of the first.
A 31-year-old man in central Massachusetts.
You just read about the 31-year-old man in question.
Yes, the AP is arguing that the shooting is “distressing” and that it somehow reflects an injustice.
Locally, the Worchester Telegram is playing up the usual stuff.
“They had no right taking my son’s life. They had no right.” AnnMarie Gonzalez, mother of Phet Gouvonvong Jr., 31, screamed Thursday as she stood on Grafton Street in the area where her son died.
At one point, Gonzalez dropped the ground, crumbled, and wept uncontrollably. Traffic passed.
Which is an understandable response from his mother. Not from the media which goes BLM on every police shooting.
Gonzalez alleges that police shot her son while he had his hands up.
“At this moment, all I know is the police shot my son for no reason. They had no reason,” Gonzalez said, sobbing. “He (Gouvonvong) turned around with a phone in his hands, with his hands up, and said, “Arrest me,” and they, literally, shot him. Four or five times is what I’m hearing. It’s wrong for a police officer just to shoot anybody. He didn’t even have anything in his hand but a phone.”
Gonzalez said she was unaware of her son having problems.
“The only thing that my son had problems with is that police officers have the right to shoot anybody they want. He wants his words out there,” Gonzalez said, sobbing and then screaming. “They don’t have the right to shoot anybody. They don’t have the right. They don’t have the right.”
“He’s just an amazing, intelligent person. He loved drawing. He loves music,” Thammavongsa said. “And he went down, standing up for what he believes in.”
Meanwhile, buried at the bottom, is the inevitable record.
He had numerous encounters with Webster police, some that ended in an arrest..
“Giving the circle that he was running with, I was surprised that he didn’t have more police history,” Shaw said. “He was running with the wrong crowd back then. We had a lot of interactions with them. They didn’t always result in arrests, but they were interactions with our officers while patrolling. He was definitely well known to us.”
Records in Dudley District Court show Gouvonvong faced criminal charges eight times between 2006 and 2010, when he was in his late teens and early 20s.
Many of the crimes of which Gouvonvong was accused involved theft, including three 2009 cases in which he allegedly broke into more than 50 cars in Webster and surrounding towns.
This entire incident could have been avoided if
1. Gouvonvong had been kept in prison (the usual familiar story)
2. Gouvonvong hadn’t put on what appeared to be body armor and a bomb, and brandished a weapon while making demands
But it’s just another example of the police randomly killing someone for no reason other than systemic racism. Also a bomb.