The death of Eric Hernandez has been a big story in New York. For those of you unfamiliar with the story Hernandez was a young officer in the NYPD. He was a good looking guy who was a running back on the police football team and was well-liked. A few weeks ago, I don’t remember the date but you can look it up, he was out clubbin one night in plain clothes and on his way home after drinking ( and being intoxicated) he stopped at a White Castle in the Bronx to get something to eat. While at the White Castle he got into an argument with several young men, and apparently identified himself as an NYPD officer, and was jumped and beaten badly by the men. They left the store and left him lying on the floor and he took his gun out and ran after them and grabbed someone, who he thought was one of them, and pulled his gun on him. A veteran police officer saw him and pulled out his gun and asked him to put down the gun and when he didn’t (he wasn’t able to hear apparently) he shot three times hitting and killing Hernandez.
In the weeks since the event it has been a huge story in the local media. The funeral was attended by thousands and well-covered in the media and the mayor and police commissioner both spoke at his funeral. In a city with two separate medias, at least, it has been a big story in both the English and Spanish media. Like only the New York media can they have built Hernandez up to be someone on the lines of Jesus Christ. Let them tell it he was perfect and without error. He lived a perfect life and was gunned down for the sins of New Yorkers….bullshit.
For starters Hernandez was drinking and driving before going into the White Castle which is a crime. Next move on to the fact that there is nothing out there at five in the morning but trouble anyway and it just isn’t wise to be schlepping around the Bronx drunk by yourself in the wee hours of the morning. Then, we don’t really know why the fight started; but we do know he was badly beaten; but where the guys supposed to take a plain clothes drunk young man serious when he said he was a police officer? Then Hernandez runs out in the street and pulls a gun on someone who didn’t have shit to do with the beating and a cop see this, tells him to put down the gun, and when he didn’t the veteran cop made a veteran move and did what he had to do. That’s the story. Mr. Hernandez was victim of his own bad decisions.
Do I feel sorry for him? Of course I do; from all accounts he was a nice guy and a fun guy to be around and I am sure he was a good officer, but he wasn’t flawless and his recklessness cost him his life. I have been through numerous nights such as this myself and I could have ended up like Hernandez, alhamdudilah I didn’t, but when you play with fire on a late night in the Bronx you might get burned and he did.