Bias and power taint local law enforcement
When an injustice is perpetrated against anyone in America, as members of a democracy it is our obligation to cry foul, especially when it comes at the hands of individuals entrusted with protecting and serving the public.
So here goes. A couple of years ago, in a town somewhere special in Kanawha County, a municipal court judge accepted a DUI plea agreement from a defendant. Shortly before this defendant's DUI hearing, he had faced the same police department in a ticketing case before the same judge.
Something miraculous took place in that first hearing. The defendant slaughtered the prosecutor's witness on the stand. Under oath, a young cop was questioned about the reliability of a police radar gun. He admitted it was manmade, thus the possibility of error existed. The judge decided in favor of the defendant.
Common sense can easily reason that the second case against the defendant was probably tainted with a smidgen of revenge. Could the defendant have represented himself and won? Probably. Did his court-appointed counsel represent him competently? In my opinion, no.
State legislators across this country have empowered law enforcement agencies with too much power. With the history of bigotry and racism, we need to look into having one standard of policing. Citizens would be better off, tax-wise and ethically, if we elected to use only the State Police as our law enforcement agency of choice.
In any case where complaints are filed against officers by a citizen, we could enact a citizen action committee to review allegations and facts. Thus no one could say it's just the forum where the fox oversees the chicken coop.
Student asks about life in Charleston
I am a fourth-grader at Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset, N.J. Our class is learning about the states and capitals. I would like to learn more about what it is like to live in Charleston proper. If any of your readers would like to write a letter to me telling me about life in Charleston proper, it would help me learn about the capital of West Virginia. Thanks for your help with my project.
c/o Miss Kazal
Rutgers Preparatory School
1345 Easton Ave.
Somerset, NJ 08873