This story belongs in my “Great Moments in Local Government” series, which features examples of bureaucratic and political stupidity (see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here) that will make you laugh, cry, yell, or all of the above.
Not surprisingly, the deeply dysfunctional local government in Washington, DC, wants to be part of this collection.
We have what at first seems like a feel-good story. A little boy is attacked by some vicious pit bulls. Other people in the neighborhood flee to protect themselves. But one man acts quickly and saves the child’s life.
Here are some details from the Washington Times report.
…11-year-old Jayeon Simon and his friend rode bicycles near Eighth and Sheridan streets Northwest in the Brightwood neighborhood. According to court records filed in D.C. Superior Court, three unleashed pit bulls pounced on Jayeon and attacked him. Seeing the attack, Mr. Srigley went inside his home to get his Ruger 9 mm pistol while several other men hopped over fences to get away from the dogs, court records state. From behind the wooden fence of his front lawn, Mr. Srigley began firing at the dogs. His shots attracted the attention of a Metropolitan Police Department officer on bicycle patrol nearby, and he also opened fire on the dogs, killing the other two. The boy survived the attack but now bears scars on his elbow, torso and leg as a reminder.
Mr. Srigley seems like a great guy. Or at least a guy who did something great. Surely he was rewarded, right?
Did he get a commendation from the police department? A ceremonial key to the city from the Mayor?
Don’t be silly. We’re talking about Washington, DC.
…Benjamin Srigley, 39, was required to pay a $1,000 fine…for the three unregistered firearms and the ammunition that investigators found in his possession, said Ted Gest, a spokesman for the office of the attorney general.
But showing great mercy, they decided not to try to send him to prison.
“We took it into account that he saved this boy’s life,” Mr. Gest said.
Gee, what a bunch of swell guys in the DC government. Mr. Srigley is “only” hit with a $1,000 fine.
One hopes that this won’t cause a potential Good Samaritan to let some kid get killed or some woman get raped in the future.
P.S. At least the pit bulls weren’t in a dorm room providing federally-mandated “emotional support.”
P.P.S. One of the comments below reminds me that Mr. Srigley should have been a housebroken journalist since that entitles you to a get-out-of-jail-free card for gun offenses in Washington, DC>