License plate reader essential tool for police

Ever since Nov. 8, 2016, it has felt like things would continue to get worse before they got better — and this has come to fruition. It feels more so like that today than any of the 1,200-plua days previous to this. And sadly, tragically, it’s difficult to imagine the depths to which we might sink than the place we find ourselves in now.

We were in one of those historically transformative moments prior to George Floyd’s death; we have shifted from the transformative to an existentially precarious moment. It would be extraordinarily easy to slip further toward the disassemblage of the American experiment.

It will be much more difficult to do what is imperative, what is required, what we are obligated to do, what the creators of this country charged us to do. And that is to be honest with ourselves about our failures to live up to the ideals of our inception.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

George Floyd was denied the right to the pursuit of happiness under the knee of Police Officer Derek Chauvin. He was denied the right to liberty under the knee of Officer Chauvin. Indeed, he was denied his very right to life as it was squeezed out of him under the knee of Officer Chauvin, who took an oath upon assuming his role as a public servant to uphold the rights of the citizens he swore to protect.

On the heels of George Floyd’s rights being trampled upon and stolen from him, another public servant who took an oath to uphold the rights of the citizens he swore to protect unleashed a line of military police on horseback firing tear gas upon a crowd of peaceful protesters exerting the constitutional rights that our founders ensured them. He denied the protesters those rights in order to strut across the street for a photo-op with a Bible with which he is undoubtedly unfamiliar.

We must survive this moment. We must emerge on the other side, more self-aware, more sympathetic to the plight of our fellow citizens, more empathetic to the pain and suffering of those who are denied the rights we all too often take for granted.

Rust Eddy

Canton

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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(12) comments

keyser soze

President Notso Sharpie is a person who lives in a world of self made delusions and unremitting lies in which he is the "greatest" at everything -- a man who could have been the greatest scientist, surgeon, and even a great general. Yet, in truth, he is only "great" at failure -- from his innumerable nonsensical utterly false tweets, to his squandering of $410 million gifted and inherited from his racist father, to his five bankruptcies, et al.

His "advisors" who felt he shouldn't give an Oval Office speech concerning the nation's current cultural inferno sparked by the public lynching of George Floyd were essentially correct. He truly doesn't give a d@mn about black lives, (or any lives for that matter) just as he truly didn't care about the then impending health debacle going back to January.

There is no empathy in this man. There never was. There never will be.

rockloper

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Charlie McGrath

Yes things have changed since that day. There was a women's march the day after in protest. The left started dividing us even before. Trump ruined everything for them. Racism had a good run for a while. Then collusion but now racism came back. Then came his involvement in colluding with the Russians as Rep. Swalwell and Rep. Schiff had proof. Treason they said. Putin's puppet. Then he was caught talking on the telephone with the Ukrainians and that's why he was impeached. The system didn't work. He will be innocent forever. That's why it needs to be changed some say. The Justice Dept., CIA, FBI, IRS, 95% of the Media etc. did their very best to get him but they just couldn't. I'd hate to have all those guys after me while I was trying to work. Years of investigations and millions of taxpayer dollars, newsroom dollars for sure, and human resources with no desired result. But they are still looking. He must have done something wrong sometime they say. We have a country in distress so now is the time for the party to move in and get power back. Praising national chaos as free speech and the ISIS like destruction of history seems to be working as long as the party sits back and shelters their candidate. Could all the protesters, rioters, and looters be Trump supporters? Getting rid of police is a brilliant move. It will accelerate the destruction of the middle class and achieve economic and social justice at the lower socioeconomic levels. We'll even have local militias once again. Isn't that exciting? Gun sales will be heavy if not already. The economy was doing too well for middle class to be eliminated. Covid-19 was a gift from China to the left. The political class will give themselves more emergency powers but they will only use them to move the nation in the right direction.

hermit thrush

this is insane.

Charlie McGrath

Didn't like it?

hermit thrush

insofar as i am generally not a fan of insane screeds, no.

rockloper

Better mix up some more koolaid, you're an enemy of the state. The most we have to put up with tRUMP is 4 more years but his ignorant supporters will still be here. some will have to question as to whether this country is still worth fighting for.Republicans are a disease far worse than any virus. Some difficult times lie ahead for those people who care about this country. You're a disgrace charlie mcgrath.

WayneInIndy

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Charlie McGrath

It is a mistake to get personal!

rockloper

Well said Rust Eddy

WayneInIndy

[thumbup] I'm pretty sure his Bible is hollowed out with pictures of Stormy Daniels hidden inside. LOL

rockloper

LOL[beam]

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