Criminal Justice Ethics on Boston Red Sox 2004 Incident

Boston Red Sox’s memorable victory over the New York Yankees during the 2004 World Series sent an estimated of 80,000 people streaming out of bars and their homes to converge on Kenmore Square to celebrate the historic victory. Many then went to the Fenway Park and they went unruly – climbed on lamp posts and cars, and swung from trees. In order to control the situation, the Boston police officers fired so-called “pepper-spray” guns which they considered to be “less than lethal” weapons.

An expert said that these weapons that are paintball-like guns are designed to be fired at a person’s chest or lower or at the ground, breaking the plastic balls filled with a variant of cayenne pepper, causing stinging and burning into a person’s face that stops the person’s actions but should not kill (Belluck & Zezima, 2004). Nevertheless, because of this firing, a 21-year-old college student was shot in the eye that caused her death several hours later.

The Boston Police took responsibility for the death of the college student. The incident that brought death to the 21-year-old college student is a hurtful consequence for the victorious Boston Red Sox. The Boston Police took responsibility for the incident and for me they really are to blame. Although the weapons used by the police officers were not designed to kill people, but still they killed the college student.

The Boston Police could use barricades instead or any non-lethal weapons to control the chaotic situation. Or if they have these “less than lethal” weapons, they should not use them to contain the situation. Violence cannot be settled or solved through violence. It will just make it even worse. And one last thing, to kill is a sin. References Belluck, P. , & Zezima, K. (2004, October 23). Death of a Red Sox fan leads to stricter rules. The New York Times, C1.