Posted by John Parman on October 14, 1998 at 09:24:24:
In Reply to: Re: At the Doorstep of World War III posted by Nemo on October 13, 1998 at 13:36:17:
: One last word. World’s Policeman? I didn’t know policemen in America had the right to kill a husband when called to a domestic case of husband beating up his wife... That’s exactly what NATO is about to do!
I would have responded earlier, however, due to the fact that I am in a residence hall in my university where there seems to be a party going on at every hour, I have not had much sleep. I am now in the transition o moving to another hall for the specific purpose of getting eight hours of sleep a night.
About what you said in that last paragraph, that isn't true, a policeman does not have the authority to kill a husband for beating his wife. There was a time when speaking about abuse was taboo. Now, it has opened up, marital abuse is not an issue, it is a crime. In my home state, California, the offense is punishable by up to four years in jail. However, many wive's are reluctant to press charges, the police see a bloody bruise across their cheek and a broken lip and the wife is crying and may say that "she only fell down the stairs." It is a tragedy that America has abuse like this. However, it is beneficial that national dialogue has been created to focus on the issue. A police officer has only the rights that the American Constitution, the bill of rights, and the Police Code of the USA allow. Pepper spray is sanctioned, many billy-clubs are outlawed, and excessive force can lead to jail time for officers in all 50 states.
Yesterday, perhaps after writing my response, a "firstname.lastname@example.org" sent me over 5000 e-mails calling me a 'rat bastard' i wonder if it was me, or something I wrote.
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