Outrage in France after jeweler charged for killing thief
PARIS – Outrage is growing in France over the decision to bring voluntary homicide charges against a jeweler who shot and killed an escaping robber, but the country's top security official on Tuesday urged fearful storekeepers to let justice take its course.Oopsie.
The 67-year-old jeweler, Stephan Turk, was confined at home with an electronic bracelet after the shooting last week that left a teenage robber dead in the street outside Turk's jewelry story in the French Riviera city of Nice. An accomplice escaped on a motorbike as the body lay in the street.
There's outrage over the shopkeeper being charged, and it's hard to understand why without knowing more about French law. Maybe in France you're supposed to let them shoot you before you can shoot back? It seems to me that two adult males, walking into a store with expensive wares, have broadcast their intentions for all to see when they are wielding deadly weapons. You walk into a jewelry store with a shotgun in your hands, you are saying, loud and clear "I am here to take things from you, and if you resist me, I will kill you."
Can't say I fault the store owner for shooting first.
The story does sound like it could have come from any US inner city. A teenager - who has already sired children he obviously cannot afford to care for - has already embarked on a life of crime (the recently deceased had just been released from serving a previous sentence) and is not deterred by the "justice" system. Why should they, really, when they get a slap on the wrist and a sympathetic media decrying the barbarism of defending one's self?
And remember, it's not a DGC addition because it was outside of the US...
That is all.