Officer Daniel Enchautegui  

rm_VoodooGuru1 49M
2116 posts
12/11/2005 10:47 pm

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Officer Daniel Enchautegui

NYPD Officer Daniel Enchautegui was killed in the line of duty Friday night in the Bronx after confronting two men breaking into an apartment.

One of these men was Lillo Brancato Jr., an actor who played a character that was famously whacked by Tony a few seasons ago on The Sopranos. Broncato also played opposite De Niro in A Bronx Tale.

All the news I've read and heard about this is focused on Broncato, as if Enchautegui and his grieving family are related items.

Oh, boo-hoo, what a shame this fine young actor got himself in trouble.

I don't give a fuck about him or his pal or anyone else that kills a cop. I don't give a fuck that he wasn't the shooter either. And ya know, even though I'm against the death penalty, I'm not really gonna give a fuck if he ends up with a needle in his arm.

I don't give a fuck that he's all shot up either. See, after being hit in the chest by a .357 magnum round, Enchautegui fired eight times and put six of those eight rounds into the bad guys (the LAPD could have used someone as skilled during the North Hollywood shoot out back in '97).

I'm not alone in this thinking either. This is New York, not New Orleans, and we know that guys like Enchautegui will enter Hell running to help us escape.

This is New York, not California, and if they live, the two assholes will have a trial in New York, with a New York prosecutor and a New York jury. We don't give a fuck if you're some famous actor, or athlete, or... whatever the fuck it is that Michael Jackoff does, or simply a B-list celeb missing his parrot.

MissAnnThrope 56F
11488 posts
12/12/2005 8:50 am

Look, you know the media is hung up on celebrity. Especially when a celebrity, no matter how B-list, commits a crime. Expect to see this on all those shows. Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight, etc. If you watch any of that pabulum, that is. Let's face it. If Lorna Luft decided to run down the street weilding a machete and slashing at random people, she'd suddenly be a celebrity again, instead of just Judy Garland's other, less talented, daughter.

The local news I've seen has been more about Enchautegui than Broncato. The actor gets a blurb. Then they go into how Enchautegui is whatever number cop to be killed in the line of duty in the last month or so. I haven't seen the local news doing stories on Broncato's life. Or perhaps I'm watching the news on the wrong channels. But the NYC local news media, television anyway, has always been good on doing stories about fallen policemen and firemen. We tend to learn a good deal about them and their families. I still haven't seen a "brilliant acting career gone wrong story" on the news. Perhaps if he hadn't been killed off on "The Sopranos" and was still a cast member, it might be different.

However, the media in general makes celebrities out of killers. How many of Jeffrey Dahmer's victims can you name? Ted Bundy's? John Wayne Gacy's? Richard Speck's? Ed Gein's? Richard Ramirez's? The Manson family's, other than Sharon Tate and Abigal Folger? Robert Blake's wife? That B actress found shot to death at Phil Spector's? (When is his trial going to start anyway?) OK, the last two were celebrities before they pulled the trigger, but you get my point. The media is hung up on those who do kill.

Now I wish I could remember something... Who was it who was killed in ancient Greece, whose killer's name was kept secret, as they didn't want him to become famous for killing someone important?

frogger1995 39F

12/13/2005 5:54 pm

My feelings are mixed. Obviously I have a problem with criminals who kill cops in the line of duty...but I also have a bit of a problem with cops...I am after all from LA (it's only natural). Plus I don't think that cops (in or off the line of duty) deserve more sympathy, or a greater sentence for the perp, than an average citizens.

rm_VoodooGuru1 49M
2053 posts
12/13/2005 7:37 pm

Frogger, you're a JD... you had to have studied Western political philosophers of the Enlightenment.

Society punishes those who assault or murder cops not because we value the life of a cop more than the Circle K clerk, but because assault or murder of a cop is a more grievous crime in that it shows utter contempt for society, law, the social compact. It's more than a crime against a man, it's a crime against society.

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