No jail time for CVS fire hose cut­ter?

Baltimore Sun - - BUSINESS - Joe Reg­ula, Sev­erna Park

I read in The Sun that Gre­gory Lee But­ler, who punc­tured a fire hose as fire­fight­ers were try­ing to ex­tin­guish the CVS phar­macy fire dur­ing the Bal­ti­more ri­ots, will get no prison time (“Man who punc­tured fire hose dur­ing Bal­ti­more riot gets 3 years fed­eral pro­ba­tion,” Nov. 3). This phar­macy was the life blood of the com­mu­nity for pre­scrip­tions, med­i­cal ad­vis­ing, and house­hold needs.

Mr. But­ler re­ceived three years of fed­eral su­per­vi­sion and 250 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice and is re­quired to pay $1 mil­lion in resti­tu­tion.

I could only think, af­ter read­ing this ar­ti­cle, what if a black church was burning and a white man cut the fire hose? Would he have re­ceived the same sen­tence?

This sen­tence now sets a prece­dent for fu­ture van­dals that jail time is a thing of the past.

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