Boulder Sheriff, welcome to civil disobedience

You will have to forgive me for nearly laughing out loud (I mean, LOL) when I read of Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle’s concern regarding a protest tonight that involved blocking traffic on U.S. Highway 36.

The story says Pelle thinks it’s a “no win” situation for police because either the public will be upset if law enforcers do nothing or the protesters and their supporters will be upset if someone uses tear gas or force or something and “we will be scrutinized.”

Isn’t scrutiny of law enforcement precisely the point, FCOL?

Sheriff Pelle seems to not have been paying attention. More from the article:

“The thing is, I’m not sure, exactly, what they are trying to accomplish,” Pelle said.

Now I understand. Our sheriff hasn’t a clue. He needs to get one.

Welcome to Civil Disobedience 101, Sheriff Pelle. Pay attention now, as upsetting as it may be…

via U.S. 36 shut down as protesters march down 28th toward Baseline – Boulder Daily Camera.

On accidents and executions

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Accident warning (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When is an accident a criminal act? When is an execution really brutal murder?

Two shootings that Meredith Carroll mentions in the Denver Post on Sunday were, indeed, accidental by some definitions.

A police officer accidentally shot his teen daughter in their garage; a woman in Florida accidentally shot her 7-year-old grandson. They were unfortunate events, to put it mildly, that resulted from carelessness. They were also by far the most common type of accident: the ones that can be prevented.

That the shootings were in some sense accidental doesn’t mean those who pulled the triggers are blameless. They pulled the triggers quite intentionally with horrific, unintentional results. There is, or should be, a legal price to pay. We should also find a better word than “accident” to describe such things.

Similarly, the media have almost universally described the beheading of journalist James Foley as an execution.

More precisely, it was murder.

Dept. of Fuzzy Thinking: Lethal injection “less safe”?

…opponents of the death penalty have made it less safe.

via Death penalty in America: How the push to abolish capital punishment has made lethal injection less safe.

For whom has the death penalty ever been safe? Certainly not for those we kill.

People who are opposed to the use of capital punishment aren’t responsible for the botching of executions that should not even be taking place.