Strangely enough, if law enforcement pulled a stunt today, similar to one that was done to Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, all of those officers involved would at the very least, lost their badges and some of them might have ended-up in jail themselves. But, ‘back in the day’, one could say that law enforcement officers were almost just as guilty of gunning-down criminals because they didn’t want to take the chance of the bad guy(s) getting-off the first shot.
This tactic was done to Bonnie and Clyde, simply because Clyde Barrow had such a fearsome reputation as a gunman, beside the fact that he was also a crack shot and if the police did let him get-off the first few rounds in a gun battle, then some law enforcement officer(s) would have undoubtedly died…they feared both Bonnie and Clyde THAT much.
On May 23, 1934, the bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot to death in a police ambush as they were driving a stolen Ford Deluxe along a road in Bienville Parish, La.
The May 23 New York Times wrote that a group of Texas rangers and other authorities laid a “carefully laid death trap,” and as Bonnie and Clyde approached, they “riddled them and their car with a deadly hail of bullets.” After the car crashed, “the officers, taking no chances with the gunman who had tricked them so often, poured another volley of bullets into the machine.”
The death of Bonnie and Clyde did not put an end to their popular appeal. Over the near century since their deaths, the couple has been the subject of numerous songs, books, films and a recent Broadway musical.
What do you think, should the police should have attempted to simply arrest Bonnie and Clyde, or do you think their actions conducting an ambush were justified?
H/T – nytimes.com