Judging from ignorance

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Rory Miller (Meditations on Violence) wants to write a citizen’s guide to police use of force, because people judging from ignorance drive him crazy:

If a plane crashes, the people who pass judgment are pilots and aircraft engineers. If someone dies on an operating table, doctors hold an inquiry. If someone dies after a use of force (the wording is deliberate, there — sometimes officers kill people, but sometimes people crash cars or their heart gives out or the balloons of meth in their belly pop) reporters, politicians, citizens groups most of whom have never been in a fight; many of whom would have no chance at keeping their temper after just a few minutes of verbal abuse… feel perfectly free to judge.

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