This can’t be right.

July 26, 2008
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Voices: Different outcomes

July 25, 2008 11:06 am

— Let’s see if I’ve got this right. (Globe, front page, July 19) A 25-year-old gets drunk and hopped up on drugs. Then, still under the influence, he pops behind the wheel of a car endangering countless others. He wrecks said car, resists arrest and provokes the arresting officers during the entire booking process. During this process an officer for a brief moment finally has enough and strikes him.
Outcome 20 years ago:
He admits his asinine behavior, his family ostracizes him, gets a hefty fine and some jail time, and he realizes he actually got off lucky.
Outcome today:
He and mamma run to the NAACP whining “woe is we,” a police officer loses his job over an isolated incident, and the individual gets paid $5,000.
Too bad the city can’t turn around and garnish that award to pay for the costs involved arresting and cleaning up after this individual; and how sad that once again, personal responsibility is no match for class victimization.
Geoff Caldwell
Joplin

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