Sunday, March 12, 2006

Police Shootings...a proposal [link]

I saw this little gem of a comment this morning, and I have to say that I agree:

Lawyers have fixed it so that it's hazardous for police to shoot anyone, especially on the run. The argument is that shooting inflicts the death penalty for lesser crimes. I agree that this argument is valid. The solution would be to make fleeing from law officers a capital crime.

Allowing criminals who are fleet of foot to evade arrest is a sign that we don't take our laws seriously. If we want our criminal laws to be obeyed, there must be significant consequences for their violation. Otherwise the criminal justice system becomes a kubuki dance filled with symbols and rituals but little meaning or importance.


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