WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (6/19/13) - This week I want to talk a little about injustice. What exactly has happened to our country? Injustices are everywhere around us, but other than a little complaining behind closed doors, nobody feels the need to do or say anything. What happened to the America where people stood up and said “This is not right!”
Do the American people cower in fear of public opinion or of the President? There was a day when everyone, including the President, was held accountable for their actions.
Now people who should go to prison walk the streets, and people who have done nothing go to jail. Is it a corrupt court system? Corrupt police? Just a broken system from start to finish?
Across this country the jails and prisons are throwing open the doors and judges are turning criminals loose because of overcrowding and lack of funding. You even see it here in Webster County, where people are convicted of crimes and then turned lose weeks or months later.
So, with that said, sometimes when I hear a story like the two I heard this week, it makes me furious. Story one reported in the Huffington Post. In Clyde, New York, Jesse Daniels heard noises coming from his father-in-law’s house late at night. As his in-laws were out of town, he knew something was amiss.
Daniels told his wife to call 9-1-1, and went to investigate. He caught four pre-teen boys in the home, all armed with hammers. He also discovered holes in the walls, broken windows and graffiti derogatory to women spray-painted on walls. Estimates are that these four boys managed to do more than $40,000 worth of damage.
He took the boys’ hammers away and made them go into a closet until police arrived.
On Friday authorities charged Daniels with four counts of child endangerment.
The father of two of the boys is mad because Daniels forced the children into the closet and thinks that he should receive “more charges” because the boys are “traumatized.”
Honestly? The guy should consider himself lucky Daniels didn’t come in shooting. He should be considered a hero because he managed to capture all of them without hurting them.
In another case, a 14-year-old boy in West Virginia is being charged with obstructing an officer.
The boy went to school wearing a Pro-NRA shirt that showed a hunting rifle and the slogan “protect your rights.” He refused to take the shirt off when a teacher told him he couldn’t wear that to school, but couldn’t produce any school policy or regulation that banned what is being called a ‘pro-constitution’ t-shirt. So the teacher called the police.
An officer arrived. When the boy did not immediately stop talking when the officer addressed him, he placed the boy under arrest for obstructing him from doing his job.
As you read more on this case from various news sources, you learn that the boy in question wasn’t a thug or a trouble maker. All reports say that he was a good kid. He had never been in any trouble before, but a teacher and police officer have ended up having the boy arrested.
Where is the justice in that? Drug dealers and criminals walking the street, yet authorities throw a man who was protecting his family’s home and a boy who was peacefully supporting the constitution in jail.
The time of being able to sit back and say that “it doesn’t affect me” are gone. This could have been anyone of us. Things have gotten out of control, and if something isn’t done fast, it won't be able to be fixed.
J-E News Editor
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