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Thursday, May 15, 2008

To Protect and Serve

I don't know what it is about cops. Naturally, I'm supportive of all public defenders, whether police, firemen, librarians, city council, water purification specialists... - we entrust them with watching over public safety, knowledge and other assets.

But why so much special treatment? A cop and his wife who called 911 after "overdosing" on pot were not even charged.

Cops who shot and murdered Sean Bell - including one who unloaded 31 shots on the unarmed groom-to-be - were let off without even a slap on the wrist.

Now a Dallas man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison - 35 YEARS IN PRISON - for spitting on a cop. Because the man is HIV positive, his bodily fluids amount to a deadly weapon. The absurdity astounds me.

Why isn't this man charged for exposing his doctors and nurses to this deadly weapon every time they check his blood, or examen his mouth. A deadly weapon is a deadly weapon, regardless of whether discharged intentionally or not.

Now I'm not defending the act of polispitting, but condemning an infected man to 35 years in prison because his medical illness amounts to a "deadly weapon" is beyond absurd.

I'm worried about you, Dallas. Please come to your senses.

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