Actual crime weapon, recovered by NYPD.
Our maternal grandfather was the sort of self-taught engineer and self-made man that his era produced in great quantities. And one of his most irritated sayings, at least when we were misusing one of his large quantity of tools, was, “Always use the right tool for the right job.”
He’s been gone for decades to that Great Workshop Beyond, but his shade still spoke to us over this article, reminding us that, if the job is attacking the police, even in NYFC where guns are just about outlawed, the screwdriver is not the right tool.
“A screwdriver,” he would pronounce in Charlton Heston-in-character-as-Moses tones, “is for turning screws. Full stop.” And sure enough, as an assault weapon, this screwdriver demonstrated its limitations.
Cops shot to death a man armed only with a screwdriver after he attacked his mother outside her Queens home early Saturday, officials said.
“It’s a dangerous weapon,” NYPD Chief of Patrol Terry Monahan said in a predawn press conference at the shooting scene. “A screwdriver you can be struck with the same way you can be stabbed with a knife.”
Police rushed to 28-year-old Jahlire Nicholson’s home about 3:15 a.m. Saturday after a woman called 911 to say she heard the man’s mother screaming in distress behind their home on Westgate St. in Springfield Gardens, officials said.
A witness heard Nicholson’s mother yelling “He’s gonna kill me, he’s gonna kill me,” according to cops.
Two responding officers found Nicholson threatening his mom with the screwdriver in an outdoor stairway leading to the building’s rear basement apartment, officials said.
The cops managed to free the woman and then tussled with her son after he refused shouted commands to drop his weapon, according to Monahan.
The dead man allegedly attacked his mother with this screwdriver, but she and the responding officers are believed to have avoided injury in the incident. (DCPI)
One cop fired his stun gun at Nicholson but missed as the man lunged at the cops with the screwdriver.
The two officers fired one shot each, striking Nicholson in the shoulder and leg, police said.
via Cops gun down man who attacked his mom with screwdriver in Queens – NY Daily News.
Obviolusly, the Rodney King Day long weekend has been tainted by another assault by cruel white hispanic, white white, and white black police officers on an innocent angel of color who was just practicing alternative dispute resolution, street-style. No doubt he will now be disabled from his life of productive toil and civic engagement.
Hmm… perhaps the story enumerates Mr Jahlire Nicholson’s many contributions to society? Indeed, it does:
Nicholson, who split his time between his mother’s house and a home on Long Island, was on probation for gun possession.
He had been arrested 10 times since 2003 on charges including assault, robbery, weapons possession and pot possession, sources said.
Cops were called to his mother’s home at least four times between 2002 and 2006 because Nicholson was fighting with his family, sources said.
But unfortunately, he did not survive the consequences of his ill-judged attempt to tighten up whatever screw loose the NYPD might have; he was hurried to the hospital and they did their best, but he has uttered his last truculent, “Not guilty.”
But hey, he only had a screwdriver. Like this career criminal who was bagged in NY in November. After being bagged on 16 October. After being bagged the time before that on 12 October. (In the second case, remember that “undocumented workers” are only undocumented in the Social Security labor system; they often have plenty of paper in the criminal courts). At least they can finally write “Nothing Follows” on Nicholson’s criminal record, thanks to some better-than-usual NYPD shooting. (Two shots, two hits on suspect, no rounds unaccounted-for, no citizens or cops harmed, suspect slabbed? We’ll take that).