I would like those cops who use their position of power to stop being bullies and harassing people they don't like. It isn't their job to pick and choose who deserves punishment. Their job is to protect all of us from those who would do us harm. And just because a law is "on the books" doesn't give them license to use the law against people.
If they actually feel as though their life is in danger, of course they have a right to protect themselves. We all do. But for them to use that argument as a defense whenever their ego is bruised or their sense of superiority is challenged is, I say, not a valid use of the law.
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via email forwarded from local ai coordinator:
From: Juan Melendez
Subject: Please let ai members know that I will be sharing my story of
supreme injustice as innocent man who spent nearly 18 years on
Florida's death row in Seattle/Tacoma and Lacey, October 1-3:
Dear Amnesty International Coordinator:
Can you please help publicize the following events. I've included
below a little bit about my story and some testimonials to give folks
a sense of the powerfulness of my talk. I am also available to speak
at a middle or high-school in Seattle on Wednesday, October 1, so if
you know of any teachers or student ai groups which might be
interested in bringing me to speak at their school, please let them
know that I am available. A new book has just been published
containing my story as well as the stories of 4 other death row
exonerees. See Execution's Doorstep.
October 3: Talk at St. Martin's University, Lacey, Wa. at 4:00
p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
location update: It seems that Juan Melendez will be at the Worthington Center.
My name is Juan Roberto Melendez. I spent seventeen years, eight
months and one day on Florida's death row for a crime I did not
commit. (Voices United for Justice)