September 5, 2011

SAYUNCLE:

Officer draws gun on woman and tells her to restrain her unleashed dog. While she’s grabbing for the dog, the officer opens fire on the dog. Way to be sure of your target! The officer shoots the dog. The officer then points the gun at her and her sister. And, to add insult to injury, tickets the woman for violating leash laws.

The latter being all that should have been done in the first place.

A common theme in these stories is that the victim is always identified. And no one identifies the officers involved. Name them and shame.

The press doesn’t need future cooperation from the victim. It does need future cooperation from the police. Thus, courtesies are extended. That’s another reason why citizen media are, in this respect, at least, less corrupt than the institutional press, which has made its go-along/get-along deals in numerous settings.

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