Kenneth Burns wrote:Laurence, your remark was in really bad taste.
Many of us know the officer AND the victim.
You know what is bad taste? Selective suppression
of free inquiry and free discussion. On an internet forum of all places.
Here's snoqueen in the other thread:
Re: Baldwin Street Shooting
by snoqueen » Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:53 pm
I'm around there all the time too. Yesterday was so weird, they had the block taped off and glum-looking cops were patrolling the edges and we had no idea what was wrong. It's an extreme tragedy for a lot of people and I feel terrible for everyone involved.
My own thought, unsubstantiated by anything at all, was that given the time of night, maybe the dead man was very high and out-of-control. I guess my mind was trying to find a way to exonerate everybody and blame it on drugs, which probably isn't fact-based thinking on my part. So don't anybody take it and run with it.
Reaction to that remark from Kenneth Burns and Jason Joyce? Nothing. Shaming for suggesting, while friends and family are grieving, that the deceased was abusing drugs or substances? None.
Reaction from Kenneth Burns and Jason Joyce to my questioning whether the killing could have been a suicide by cop: shaming, suppression.
The self-appointed taste police here are trigger-happy.
Btw, I'm heartened by what is revealed by my detractors: their abhorrence at the idea of self-murder. As a means of deterring self-murder, that abhorrence should be more freely and widely expressed.
So +1 for that, guys.