Fright­en­ing cop

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: July 7 ar­ti­cle ‘Of­fi­cer fired in force case is back on the job.”

The idea that a man like of­fi­cer Paul Stephens is still al­lowed to be em­ployed by the San Mar­cos Po­lice Depart­ment is scary and un­nerv­ing. He clearly used ex­ces­sive force when he beat up an un­armed woman with his night­stick and then lied to his su­pe­ri­ors about it.

Af­ter all of this, he is dealt out a 15-day sus­pen­sion by an in­de­pen­dent ar­bi­tra­tor? No won­der peo­ple are afraid of the po­lice.

Daniel J. lef­fler dl1174@txs­tate.edu

austin

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