Who speaks for the police?
After watching the debacle in Ferguson, Missouri, I’m wondering if cops have the same rights and protections under the law as minorities and other protected citizens.
When community leaders, outside agitators and the governor of Missouri rush to judgment in the death of Michael Brown, it appears that the rule of law and the rights under our Constitution are trumped by political correctness and race baiting.
It is a sad commentary on our modern society that when before any investigation is even started, Darren Wilson, the policeman involved in the tragic incident, is already charged, tried and convicted by demagogue politicians and many in the liberal media. The usual race hustlers like Al Sharpton can be counted on to stir up hate and incite riots before the facts are known.
Don’t get me wrong, when any young man, regardless of race, dies in an incident like this it is a tragedy. However, it is no more a tragedy than the hundreds of black youths killed in our cities every year. It is no more of a tragedy than the numerous innocent children gunned down by inner- city gangs in drive-by shootings.
Every day, police officers put their lives on the line trying to maintain order in these urban war zones. It is a losing battle. Where are the people who are displaying outrage in the Brown case when these evils routinely continue on our streets?
In the Ferguson incident, if it is deemed that there was criminal action on the part of Officer Wilson, he should be charged and prosecuted. But for God’s sake, let the facts play out before judgment is reached. Gary Ziolkowski