In San Diego detectives are investigating a shoot-out yesterday (3 August) during which police shot dead a twenty-five-year-old man, Samuel Brown, after he had allegedly held up a television news crew at gun-point.
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Background: In San Diego detectives are investigating a shoot-out yesterday (3 August) during which police shot dead a twenty-five-year-old man, Samuel Brown, after he had allegedly held up a television news crew at gun-point.
SYNOPSIS: The Californian city of San Diego was the scene of a major drama yesterday (3 August) when police shot down twenty-five-year-old Samuel Brown. Five shots were fired and Brown fell mortally wounded. He died in hospital two hours later.
Police claim Brown had held up a television crew which was interviewing residents in the Knicerbocker Hotel about redevelopment in the area. Police say that Brown drew a pistol on the crew and refused to lay down his weapon when asked.
Americans are becoming very nervous about the increase in violence in their country -- shooting incidents are becoming far too frequent an occurrence. A recent survey reported that two out of three Americans are now in favour of the death penalty believing this is the only possible deterrent. But the vast majority of prisoners under sentence of death are black and many blacks believe the death penalty is biased against their community.
The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People is one of the groups campaigning most actively against capital punishment. Sociologists have noted that hardly any other issue has produced such a clear division between whites and blacks.