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Van Bakel: The Cop and the Airman, a Morality Play
« on: July 01, 2007, 09:49:21 AM »

"California police officer Ivory Webb was acquitted of all charges yesterday, some 18 months after pumping three bullets into unarmed suspect Elio Carrion at close range. Webb's defense was that he thought Carrion was about to reach for a weapon, or lunge at the officers making the arrest. But there's a telltale video that just doesn't support that contention. Carrion was, in fact, cooperative to the point of docility."

"To argue that the life of a government official is intrinsically more valuable than the life of a citizen is to stand the American justice system, and its presumption-of-innocence doctrine, on its head."

The rest here:
http://www.bakelblog.com/nobodys_business/2007/06/the-cop-and-the.html
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