Relentless Pursuit of Wisdom and Liberty

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Florida's got the right idea

For those of us familiar with the Cory Maye case in Mississippi, all is not lost, for there are still places and people in this great nation who see right and aren't in Imperial Awe of - cue the choirs of angels - The Police. A Florida man over two years ago shot a police officer who had invaded his property without permission or a warrant. The homeowner had been robbed twice previously, was in fear for the safety of his then-pregnant wife, and let's face it - when a flashlight is being shined into your eyes, in your own home at 12:40 in the morning, there's no way you'll be able to tell whether the guy holding it is a cop or criminal.

The good news in this case is, it only took 30 minutes for the jury to hand down its verdict completely exonerating him from wrongdoing in the case. The bad news is that through the cops lying about what the defendant did (they claimed he peeked out a window, saw they were cops, and fired anyway), he's lost his job, home, and two years of his life to house arrest while his son was born and is now 19 months old.

Now with the recent shooting, by nearby San Bernardino Sheriff's Deputies, of an unarmed USAF Airman who was only obeying the deputy's order to stand up (after being the passenger in a chase), and it's becoming ever clearer why people don't trust - cue dastardly music - The Police anymore.


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