PS3 raffle for cop fired for PS3 shooting

police officer LongThe short version. Strickland was supposed to be arrested for stealing PS3s, but officer Long fires his gun. Strickland dies. Officer Long is fired. The other cops decide to raise money. By selling raffle tickets for a PS3. A lot of people – not just the Strickland’s family – do not appreciate the irony.

The back story. If you haven’t heard the story behind this, basically a few young guys were arrested for armed robbery and assualt with a deadly weapon (translation: beating up a UNC Wilmington student just to get their hands on a couple PS3s – and breaking and entering a motor vehicle too).

The shooting. During the arrest, one of the suspects is shot dead: according to the autopsy, Peyton Strickland died of a bullet that bounced off something and went into his head. Strickland was unarmed, but the cops knew that weapons might very well be involved (our previous article used a picture of one of the suspects posing with his guns on the Internet).

Death threats. The police officer, Christopher Long, was fired. But things aren’t done yet: he is under investigation – and if you remember, people started calling Long’s home (he has a wife and kids) just to leave death threats.

A raffle is born. As for the raffle, his fellow police officers said that selling raffle tickets for a PS3 would help benefit Long’s family. The county chief deputy, Tom Parker, expressed outrage: “I thought it was most inappropriate,” he said, and threatened to fire the cops if they didn’t stop selling tickets.

Change of plans. We can see that the PS3 is really in demand, so it makes selling raffle tickets easy, it would make sure that the Long children have a good Christmas despite all the death threats… but this whole case is about a kid who got killed because of a PS3.

They eventually switched the grand prize to something less scandalous: a 42-inch Panasonic plasma TV.

police officer LongThe short version. Strickland was supposed to be arrested for stealing PS3s, but officer Long fires his gun. Strickland dies. Officer Long is fired. The other cops decide to raise money. By selling raffle tickets for a PS3. A lot of people – not just the Strickland’s family – do not appreciate the irony.

The back story. If you haven’t heard the story behind this, basically a few young guys were arrested for armed robbery and assualt with a deadly weapon (translation: beating up a UNC Wilmington student just to get their hands on a couple PS3s – and breaking and entering a motor vehicle too).

The shooting. During the arrest, one of the suspects is shot dead: according to the autopsy, Peyton Strickland died of a bullet that bounced off something and went into his head. Strickland was unarmed, but the cops knew that weapons might very well be involved (our previous article used a picture of one of the suspects posing with his guns on the Internet).

Death threats. The police officer, Christopher Long, was fired. But things aren’t done yet: he is under investigation – and if you remember, people started calling Long’s home (he has a wife and kids) just to leave death threats.

A raffle is born. As for the raffle, his fellow police officers said that selling raffle tickets for a PS3 would help benefit Long’s family. The county chief deputy, Tom Parker, expressed outrage: “I thought it was most inappropriate,” he said, and threatened to fire the cops if they didn’t stop selling tickets.

Change of plans. We can see that the PS3 is really in demand, so it makes selling raffle tickets easy, it would make sure that the Long children have a good Christmas despite all the death threats… but this whole case is about a kid who got killed because of a PS3.

They eventually switched the grand prize to something less scandalous: a 42-inch Panasonic plasma TV.

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