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War on the Police?

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I doubt it, but given the recent rash of shooting at and killing police officers, you can't blame those who wonder.  This news story reveals that:

In just 24 hours, at least 11 cops were shot around the country.

The most recent incident at a fugitive's house in St. Petersburg, Fla., left two officers dead and a U.S. marshal wounded Monday. Hours earlier, an Oregon officer was critically wounded after being shot multiple times during a traffic stop. 

Monday's violence followed a bloody Sunday that left an officer in Indianapolis critically wounded during a traffic stop shooting, four officers in Indianapolis wounded after a gunman opened fire in a precinct and two more officers in Washington wounded in a shootout in a Walmart parking lot.

I sometimes see bumper stickers that admonish us to "Question Authority."  And of course in a free country, people should question it  --  as I have often done in this space, questioning the leadership, for want of a better word, of Attorney General Eric Holder.

Still, when the attitude of questioning authority slips over into defying authority, it's not that much of a leap for those with a criminal turn of mind to take it one step more.  I don't know if that's what we're seeing; more likely it's a really bad coincidence.  Still, it has been a disquieting, and tragic, 24 hours.   


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To add insult to injury is when the jury sentences a cop killer to lwop. A Texas jury sentenced Juan Quintero Perez to lwop for the murder of Officer Rodney Johnson. A year later, Quintero and 4 other inmates attempt an escape from maximum security at Polunsky.

Now a year after the attempted escape, we learn that Quintero is designing artwork used to sell tshirts for some abolish group.

The Houston Chronicle had the story but oddly, they never mentioned the attempted escape and also edited the following out of the original report:

"Dominguez said he was "shocked" when he visited Quintero Perez in prison last year because the convicted killer showed no remorse for his crime and seemed happy-go-lucky. It was so weird, because I went there, I was kind of hesitant, not knowing what to expect with his disposition - and when I saw him, he was all smiles, he was well dressed, he had a new haircut, he spoke perfect English," Dominguez said, noting that a translator had been used during the convicted killer's trial. "I was kind of caught off guard. I was shocked at how happy he looked.""

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To add insult to injury is when the jury sentences a cop killer to lwop. A Texas jury sentenced Juan Quintero Perez to lwop for the murder of Officer Rodney Johnson. A year later, Quintero and 4 other inmates attempt an escape from maximum security at Polunsky.

Now a year after the attempted escape, we learn that Quintero is designing artwork used to sell tshirts for some abolish group.

The Houston Chronicle had the story but oddly, they never mentioned the attempted escape and also edited the following out of the original report:

"Dominguez said he was "shocked" when he visited Quintero Perez in prison last year because the convicted killer showed no remorse for his crime and seemed happy-go-lucky. It was so weird, because I went there, I was kind of hesitant, not knowing what to expect with his disposition - and when I saw him, he was all smiles, he was well dressed, he had a new haircut, he spoke perfect English," Dominguez said, noting that a translator had been used during the convicted killer's trial. "I was kind of caught off guard. I was shocked at how happy he looked.""

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