I don't think they had to fire the guy though. I do believe in grace. The man even admitted that he made a mistake.
When a person is on call, they have to be ready to respond at all times. I think that the officer might have known that there is a clause in his contract that might state that. I guess it comes with the territory.
I don't really understand why there is such emphasis on having under-aged kids at the park without supervision. Even if their gardian was there, whose going to stop those individuals who are 18 and older who go to these same places to "handle their business"? Most of the time these under-aged kids are accompanied by someone who is older. As a matter of fact, most of the time the younger person is chosen, by the older, to do the dirty work while they sit back and watch the results. I have a 15 year-old son and by the grace of God he is a decent kid, but I have a strong desire to work with youth who are troubled. I grew up in the projects and made it out. What can I do to help stop the violence?
As I read the comments of those who have missed the real point, I can clearly see that the situation will not get any better until people learn to come together. It's bad enough that people are losing their lives because of the poor choices of other. Furthermore, when the race card is pulled and negative critism takes place, who really wins? Not only are we losing the fight, but we are also losing the war because of people who are not willing to compromise for the greater cause. If white people don't work with blacks, then don't complain when your door is kicked in and your good are taken. If blacks can't work with whites, then don't complain when your intelligence is insulted. By the way, Rick D, I'm black, educated, can read and write and have never been convicted of a felony. I have gatherings all the time and no shots are fired and no lives are lost. Your mindless rhetoric is senseless, but we know you were raised that way. You and your type (meaning anyone like you) are a nuisance to society. You do what you do underhanded and privately. No wonder you lock your doors when someone black walks by. Maybe it's the guilt you feel inside that causes you to act that way. Or maybe you are threatened by the strength of a black man.