US Vet In Murder, Suicide Was Whistleblower
A New Jersey congressman says a man who gunned down a security guard at a federal building in Manhattan before killing himself was a whistleblower who had been given "a raw deal" by the agency that fired him.
The armed US veteran named as Kevin Downing broke into a federal Department of Labor building in Lower Manhattan via a side door, shooting Idrissa Camara, a security guard in the head and killing him. He took his own life before police were able to arrive at the scene.
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell said Saturday that his staff worked with Downing to resolve his case and says he has no idea why Downing snapped.
Downing was been fired from his job at the New York City office of the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 1999 for blowing the whistle on 'inexcusable taxpayer waste' according to a Change.org petition opened a year ago. The petition only attracted 48 supporters before it was closed.
In his statement of petition Downing says that "[BLS] management made an example" out of him to show union officials and employees that talking to Congress would endanger their jobs and pensions.
After more than six years and a costly legal battle, says the petition, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals rejected his case, and despite the truth of his case, employers routinely cancel job interviews and offers. Worse yet, during Kevin's financial hardship his fiancee died of breast cancer as a Medicaid patient and his home is on the brink of foreclosure.
We extend out sympathies to all those bereaved in this tragedy.
Kevin Downing was an American hero. But he was not Superman. The "system" thwarted his noble instincts, stole his life and broke his spirit.
Enough "good people" did not care - and he was abandoned to the vicissitudes of evil people. He cracked mentally - with dire results.
But I can see NO blood on his hands.
The guilt is tangled in layers of bureaucracy.
And the executioner's face is always well hidden.
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"Where the executioner’s face is always well hidden
Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten
Where black is the color, where none is the number
And I’ll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it.."
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