California Grandmother Shot to Death by Cops During Evening Census Visit
Pic credit: ZDNet (and go read the 2008 article there by Michael Krigsman)
starting to think the end cost of Census 2010 is going to be larger than expected =/
Hmm, this makes my recent experience with a census worker all that much more enjoyable in retrospect.
Though the headline seems beyond unlikely, a Yuba City grandmother was shot to death last night by YC cops for pulling a shotgun after getting spooked by a late evening census worker visit.
Um, aren't census workers like telemarketers? 9p seems a tad rude, if not totally illegal. And you wonder why there is hostility towards the census?
SJ Mercury News:
The son of a grandmother fatally shot by Yuba City police says his mother was likely startled when a census worker and officers showed up after dusk.
Police said they were called at 9:04 p.m. Thursday after a census worker reported a man with a gun answered the door of a Yuba City home. The census worker reported residents of the home pointed a firearm at her, said they would not answer any questions, then closed the door, said police spokeswoman Shawna Pavey.
Officers arrived and arrested 51-year-old Lionel Craig Patterson at about 10:20 p.m. on suspicion of assault with a firearm on a peace officer.
During the arrest, Victoria Roger-Vasselin, 67, approached officers from the house carrying a shotgun, Pavey said. Roger-Vasselin was shot multiple times, dying at the scene.
This may be in bad taste but, uh, they DID count the woman as living at the residence on the census form, right? After all, she was alive and residing there as of April 1st and you know the rules...