The Jury Talks Back

7/23/2009

The irony of the Gates story

Filed under: Uncategorized — aunursa @ 9:04 pm

 The police officer who demanded that Gates provide identification was acting to protect Gates’s home and property.  Same with the neighbor who called the police to report suspicious activity.  Rather than act in a belligerent manner, Gates should have THANKED the officer for demanding that he prove that he was the resident of his home — and not an intruder.

I’m pleased whenever a store clerk asks to see photo ID when I present a credit card.  (I wish it were required.)  Whenever I’m stopped at the airport security checkpoint for additional screening, I always thank the security — they’re acting in the interests of safety for the passengers and crew of the airplane I’m about to board.  I cannot understand why a person would be upset because another fulfilled a duty to protect that person’s life or property.

2 Comments

  1. I’m guessing that most of us would also wave “hey!” at the neighbor, thanking him for looking out for our home as well.

    But then…that would require kindness, manners, modesty, and a lack of narcissism. Traits seldom found in the elitists.

    Comment by Less — 7/23/2009 @ 9:59 pm

  2. Gone are the days of being neighborly. So sad.

    Comment by PatAZ — 7/24/2009 @ 3:25 pm

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