In San Francisco, armed government workers confronted several men whose only “crime” was being out in public with “open containers.” They were not bothering anyone, apparently. And they were not confrontational. They offered to empty the containers – “spill them out” – and “that’s the end of it.”
The armed government worker would not allow such a de-escalation of the situation. He had to get his pound of flesh. “No one’s going anywhere,” he intones. Whereupon one of the men decides to flee.
The armed government worker chases – and shoots the man in the back several times – on a crowded public sidewalk, bystanders all around.
Apparently, according to news reports, the man who was shot had a gun. But the point is that it was – as usual – the armed government worker who set match to the gas. Would anyone have been shot had the men with “open containers” been left the hell alone?
The guy with the open container – and the gun – wasn’t looking for a fight. The armed government worker was.
Maybe instead of armed government workers, there ought to be peace officers once more. We had them, once upon a time.
They dealt with crimes – not “offenses.”
If you weren’t a criminal, they had no business with you.
Now, we have armed government workers – who think everything is their business. And we suffer accordingly.
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