As I've said, repeatedly, I'm anti-death penalty and have very little regard for "tough on crime" rhetoric. But you see something like this:
A 19-year-old man was arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting that killed an off-duty Newark, N.J., police officer who was getting a slice of pizza at a neighborhood fast-food place, though a second suspect who is believed to be the shooter remained at large.Rasul McNeil-Thomas was arrested at his home in Newark on Friday. He was charged with carjacking, conspiracy and weapons offenses and was being held on $300,000 bail. There was no immediate word on whether he had an attorney.Authorities said McNeil-Thomas and the other suspect stole a car at gunpoint and used it in the shooting; the car was recovered nearby soon afterward. They didn't say what tied McNeil-Thomas to the car or whether he had identified the second suspect.Two other customers were wounded in the Thursday night attack that killed 45-year-old officer William Johnson. Authorities reiterated Friday night that they believe Johnson wasn't the target.