Your Tuesday editorial about charges being dropped against eight police officers left out a couple of things normal to any investigation. (See: “Better answers needed from DA, Halstead”)
Statements are taken from witnesses and physical evidence is maintained by the DA. Any witness can review a prior statement to refresh his or her memory prior to testifying, so it’s curious to read that witnesses could not remember details.
Those who maintained the physical evidence (ticket books) in the beginning are also able to review those records before testifying.
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In short, this whole thing stinks.
Add to that the shooting of the east side resident in his own garage and nothing being done on it in many, many months — it just adds to the stench.
— Tom Stamey, Fort Worth
I wish I could say I am shocked by the dismissal of charges against these officers but, I’m not.
I would ask: Who truly expected this to go to trial?
The history of past actions, or lack of action, tells us that when someone in the law enforcement and judicial system locally is arrested or accused of a crime or misconduct, after a period of time there is almost always a legal technicality that prevents prosecution (if they were ever charged).
It is my opinion the technicality is “you watch my back and I will watch yours” — an unspoken policy of “we take care of our own.”
— Jim Westbrook, Fort Worth
Bob Ray Sanders continues to set the standard. (See: “I don’t need book by Gates,” Wednesday)
I can’t remember ever reading a book review written by a reviewer who didn’t read the book. If he had he might have noticed that Gates is probably more critical of Obama’s predecessor.
And he closes his non-review by pointing out that old warrior Gates didn’t hit it off with the younger members of the White House staff. Good job, Bob — you just described your writing style.
— Jeff Murray, Weatherford
I am terribly disappointed over your new hire for your Editorial Board.
Cynthia M. Allen is too far right.
When she writes in her Thursday column, “The morality of extending U.S. jobless benefits,” it is obvious she has never been unemployed. Or poor.
Neither have I, but other people are not so blessed. Often it is from “downsizing.”
— Frances Gregory, Arlington
Wendy Davis’ award
One question: How does an abortion supporter — Wendy Davis comes to mind — receive an award for protecting children?
OK, two questions: Didn’t she speak for 13 hours on the rights of women to kill babies in the womb?
Here is the exact quote from Child Protective Services Roundtable: “The honor is given after each legislative session to a Texas legislator who shows a commitment to protecting children.”
— Ellen Allen, Weatherford
Qualified to be JP
I have found that Barbara Nash is by far the most qualified candidate for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2. This is due to her past experience in public office and her knowledge of the justice system (she is a certified paralegal).
She is a self-employed business woman in Arlington, served as a Texas state representative, on the Arlington city council, on the Arlington school board, and on the board of trustees of First United Methodist Church of Arlington.
These are just some of the reasons I will vote for Barbara Nash. I hope you will too.
— Margaret Winifred Seaman, Arlington
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