Who speaks for the po­lice?

Post-Tribune - - Opinion -

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

Crown Point

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