A 14-year-old Bronx resident was on his way to school when he was fatally shot by a gunman presumed to be a gang member.
Eye-witnesses say that the shooter had a red bandana on when the shooting of young Christopher Duran took place.
The shooting was caught on surveillance video, clearly showing Duran being shot four times.
The young boy died screaming for his mother. Even the coldest of hearts would go out to the boy and his family under these circumstances.
Most people would respond to this shooting with words like “tragedy” and “senseless” or simply “sad” or a “shame.” But three former New York Police Department officers decided this was a good time to gloat in this young boy’s death.
The NYPD cops called the murder victim a “piece of shit thug,” as well as a “piece of trash”. He was also deemed a “menace to the neighborhood.”
Mic.com reports that all of this took place in the comments section of a post made by a former police officer on Facebook.
That poster is also a current CNN contributor, according to Mic. Thomas Verni’s post was quickly taken over by three former NYPD officers who blamed Duran for his own murder, and used the opportunity to smear his name.
The officers making the comments are: Brian Charles, Joseph Gasparre and Andrew Blethen.
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Blethen later called Duran’s death a “tragedy.” But he said there is no need to “blow it out of proportion.”
An NYPD representative confirmed to Mic that Joseph Gasparre and Andrew Blethen are both former NYPD cops.
The NYPD would only say that “Brian Charles” is “too common” a name for them to definitively confirm or deny.
But his Instagram account shows him wearing an NYPD uniform.
Mic notes that “Another post on Instagram identified the poster as Sgt. Brian McMenamin of the NYPD’s Computer Training Unit, which the NYPD’s website describes as a technical unit responsible for instructing other officers on ‘proper operation and usage of both standalone and online computer applications.’”
Gasparre responded to Mic when he was asked for comment, saying the following:
This is the mentality of those who have been charged to “serve and protect.” Apparently they believe that their job affords them the right to judge who is worthy of life and who is better off dead… even if they are only 14-years-old.
(Article by Jackson Marciana; h/t to Mic.com)