Philadelphia Police Officer Kills Hit-And-Run Driver, Saves Innocent Lives (UPDATED)

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lUPDATE: Philadelphia Police just identified the driver as 26-year-old Thomas Hennelly of Havertown. He pleaded guilty to fraud charges in 2008, was charged with assault and terroristic threats in 2004, and pleaded guilty to simple assault in 2005.

When a cop in your town drops a hit-and-run derelict a couple miles away from your house, the streets instantly become safer. And that’s exactly what happened near Temple University yesterday.

As he was leaving the scene, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said the case remained under investigation.

“But from what I’ve seen so far,” he said, “it looks to be a justifiable shooting.”

Justifiable? Those who prefer safe streets would say commendable.

I’m sure family and friends will miss him but good riddance in a streets-are-safer sense. Even if what people are saying that he’s a recovering addict who recently slid back into drug use after suffering a “loss” is true, his actions brought about his end, with a willful disregard for others’ safety.

He could have killed someone. And he threatened to do so. While I feel bad for the family and friends left behind, I would have felt worse for an innocent victim.

Heal up quick, Temple guy. And don’t dwell on this too long, officer; you did the right thing.

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5 comments for “Philadelphia Police Officer Kills Hit-And-Run Driver, Saves Innocent Lives (UPDATED)

  1. SmarterThanU
    April 13, 2012 at 19:16

    Hi Brian. I don’t know the victim from Adam. But i just registered to voice my opinion that you are a judgmental, arrogant, ignorant asshole and I hope one of your close family members dies a horrible death so you learn a lesson. The ignorance of you and people like you is far more of a threat to our country than every drug addict combined. If there was any such thing as karma. get a life besides blaming the world on your stupid blog loser.

  2. SmarterThanU
    April 13, 2012 at 19:18

    The world would have been better off if you were left on the side of the road to die. No offense to your family of course.

  3. April 13, 2012 at 19:19

    Aw, thanks for the kind words, Pat. I’m sure that’s what SJP had in mind for its Class of ’99.

    Get back to me when you get hit by a car and barely survive only to see assholes continue to hit-and-run with impunity across the city and country, whether they’re drug addicts or not.

  4. SmarterThanU
    April 13, 2012 at 19:19

    Dumbasses who walk around on the streets late at night when its dark out with their iPod earphones on — totally oblivious to their surroundings, deserve to be run over and killed. Especially when they are as dumb as you clearly are.

  5. April 13, 2012 at 19:28

    Yep, I’m a moron. You win!

    The fact remains that hit-and-run drivers have no sympathy for their victims, so I have no sympathy for them. I’d even rail against one if they hit you, despite the fact that you seem like a total douchebag.

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