Letters to the Editor

Corey Mobley’s own actions led to his death

Local activist Deedra Zee, right, led a group of protesters on a march from DeSoto Square mall to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office headquarters last week in the name of Corey Mobley, who was fatally shot by a deputy Tuesday night.
Local activist Deedra Zee, right, led a group of protesters on a march from DeSoto Square mall to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office headquarters last week in the name of Corey Mobley, who was fatally shot by a deputy Tuesday night. rcallihan@bradenton.com

This letter is in reference to a front page article in the Bradenton Herald on Jan. 27 titled “Protesters decry deputy’s shooting of Corey Mobley.”

It is my opinion that the real culprits in this case are the people demonstrating against the police. Over the last several decades, people with the mindset of the demonstrators have created a public atmosphere that excuses and overlooks the salient fact that every action leading up to Corey Mobley’s death was initiated by Mobley himself.

As in the case here of Corey Mobley, these cases almost always start out with the person committing a criminal act that requires the police to be called, followed by either criminal or extremely uncivilized behavior toward the police once they arrive. Corey Mobley would be alive today, (1) if he had not harmed a woman, which required the police to come, (2) if he had not told the police he had a gun and he was going to kill them, which put the police on high alert, (3) if he had not reached into his waistband where pistols are kept, which put the police on an even higher alert, and (4) if he was not acting like he was going to draw a gun, which then forced the police into survival mode. Mobley alone is responsible for initiating every step that resulted in his death.

Once Mobley reached into his waistband, it is ludicrous to say that the police should have waited to actually see the gun that Mobley said he had and that he said he was going to use to kill them. Once your hand is in your waistband and on your pistol grip, which appeared to be the case from Mobley’s own threats, it only takes about one nanosecond to then pull the pistol out of the waistband and begin firing the pistol’s entire magazine of bullets into the police officer. By then it is far too late for the police officer to act. Under the circumstances of this case, the police absolutely should not have to wait until they see the gun pointing at them and are consequently being fired at before acting to save their life.

The demonstrators need to stop blaming the police, when Corey Mobley was the one that forced his own death. This just encourages such behavior to continue in others and solves nothing. The demonstrators should, instead, start demonstrating against the influences and places that lead to such deviant behavior and life patterns. I don’t think Corey Mobley was born with a requirement that he had to grow up and harm women, curse the police, and cause his own death; but unfortunately, he did grow up to do just that. So I hope the demonstrators will refocus their efforts toward fostering character building so that future “Corey Mobleys” will walk down a different path.

Joseph Willis

Palmetto

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