LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ferguson is about the police state

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 | 6:01 p.m. CDT

Does anyone really know what happened in Ferguson?

Even after an entire week of “news”coverage I certainly don’t. Clearly the typical media reporting, devoid of any investigative journalism, has done virtually nothing to clarify things and accurately document the facts.

Regardless of what the alleged unarmed teenager Michael Brown did or didn’t do, if he broke a law or not, he is entitled to a fair trial, not an execution. Similarly, the arresting officer, Darren Wilson, is also entitled to his day in court instead of “mob rule” — even after emptying his entire magazine into this kid.

Although I have no clue as to who is innocent or guilty, at this juncture, I can only conclude the following: First, disproportionate force by the police may have been used to stop Michael Brown.

Second, local, county and state law enforcement is excessively militarized, and we clearly live in a police state. Without question, the militarization of law enforcement in Ferguson greatly fueled the flames of community outrage and exacerbated the problem. The bureaucrats know this and are using this outrage to justify further militarization of law enforcement. This is only one of numerous cases of excessive force used by police departments throughout the United States during the past decade. John Whitehead, a conservative constitutional attorney with the Rutherford Institute, has written countless articles regarding this issue.

Third, there appears to be little leadership or accountability at any level of government these days. Watching local politicians and law enforcement pass the buck to county officials, the county to the state, and finally the state to the federal government (FBI and Attorney General Eric Holder) was absolutely pathetic. What good are these ineffective officials if they can’t do their job and follow the Constitution as we pay them to do?

Clearly, you are correct Governor Nixon; the whole world is watching you and your fellow public servants. And, thus far, all of you are failing miserably.

George W. Hoeltje lives in St. James.

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