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Monday, November 17, 2008

Remaining Charges Dropped in Sturgis Shooting Case

As predicted, the remaining weapons charges against two Seattle Police Department officers involved in a shooting during the Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota have been dropped.

Per The Seattle Times, the judge in the case determined that the federal law allowing officers to carry weapons anywhere while off-duty took precedence over state law outlawing weapons in establishments that serve alcohol.

Also, as I said previously about this case, now that that judicial system has run it's course and found them innocent, it doesn't serve anyone any justice to insinuate that the officers were in the wrong... After all, we're all innocent until proven otherwise, even the police.


Anonymous said...

Your fair analysis of this is appreciated. Keep up the good work!

Packratt said...

Well, let's be clear, my saying this is all about fairness.

One of the things that bother me most about cases of alleged police misconduct is that the police tend to fall back instantly to the "well, that person was guilty and deserved it" line of defense, even when the justice system declares otherwise.

I don't think that's fair at all, I think it's abusive in fact.

So, it would hardly be fair of me to say it's not fair when the police do it to victims of police misconduct and then turn around and do the same thing to a police officer who was accused of something and then declared innocent by the justice system.

In any case, thank you for the comment.

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