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To Name and To Name Not
National Review, by Kevin D. Williamson

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Posted By:garnet, 8/15/2014 9:17:31 AM

Here’s a microcosm of the relationship between state and citizen: We know the names of the nine people charged with felonies in the Ferguson looting, but not the name of the police officer at the center of the case. The government is all discretion when it comes to one of its own. True, there have been threats against the police officer in question — but if any municipal institution is positioned to defend its members, it is the police. And are there no threats against private individuals who are arrested or investigated? Are there no threats against people in prisons?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Keekng, 8/15/2014 9:25:25 AM     (No. 9966841)

You reporters make me sick. How about some common sense and honesty? Think back to when George Zimmerman´s name was released and the press prosecuted him, unfairly. The press ruined his life and his parents had to go into hiding as a result of the press.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 8/15/2014 9:25:58 AM     (No. 9966842)

FEar of the people does this to governments. It makes them secretive and touchy. That´s a good thing. But, it is also a dangerous thing. When government fear the people, they tend to use their force. It is proof that to all governments, ours included, the people are the ones who must obey. If that sounds a little like "slavery" it is.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mws50, 8/15/2014 9:28:43 AM     (No. 9966852)

The only reason the feral citizens of Ferguson want the name of the police officer is so they can go terrorize he and his family, just like what happened in Zimmerman´s case.

When his name is released, he better have multiple shotguns and handguns readily assessable.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lydwho, 8/15/2014 9:29:24 AM     (No. 9966853)

Names mean nothing---they should have shot all the looters. That is the only language they understand!!!!!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: KTWO, 8/15/2014 9:46:43 AM     (No. 9966872)

Being arrested and being involved are different; the officer has not been arrested.

Of course the 9 arrested for felonies are identified. What is the alternative? Secret arrests? No lawyers? What?

If the police officer is charged his name will be revealed. It will probably be revealed even if he is not charged.

I certainly don´t dispute the contention that cops sometimes go too far in protecting their own. Or are less that determined to pursue some matters.





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Reply 6 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 8/15/2014 10:20:39 AM     (No. 9966932)

Well, well, well.

Isn´t this interesting.

Now we know the identity of the officer involved.

But we also know now why the officer was trying to take the poor, hapless, innocent, never did anything wrong in his life, off to college teenager into custody.

Hmmmm . . .

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mc squared, 8/15/2014 11:08:34 AM     (No. 9967009)

All the surplus military vehicles and armor doesn´t do squat. It would set fires in Waco, but in the streets it´s no good unless you use it.

I´m not a LEO but I play one here. The cops had no more advantage with their SWAT equipment than if they were on horseback with fire hoses.

I agree that looters and bomb throwers should be shot on sight in a situation like that, but I´m getting to be as afraid of the cops as I am of the rioters.



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