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Tobacco Kills

Yale law professor Stephen L. Carter, writing in Bloomberg:

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  1. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    There’s much more to this than meets the eye, but I’ll just focus on one point for now. In every situation involving a citizen and a policeman, there is a pivot point. That pivot point usually is in the very beginning of the exchange. For example, If I’m pulled over for speeding, I’m at the pivot point. If the officer asks me for my drivers license and registration and I say here it is sir/officer and give it to him, he just walks back to his car and writes the ticket. He then just gives me a ticket or a warning and I drive away. But, if he asks for my license and registration and I curse him and give him a hard time, most likely, I’m not going to drive away from this situation. I’m going to be arrested, etc. The guy out in Ferguson and the guy in SI chose the second scenario and were killed. Their choice.

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 6:57 am | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    True, Tom. But the more laws we have that are solely aimed at trying to force us to be better people (in the eyes of the gov’t) the more confrontations there will be. And just because somebody does the wrong thing when confronted by a cop doesn’t mean that the initial confrontation was justified.

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 7:21 am | Permalink

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