The Actions of a Few

This has been a great week for cops, not just in the St. Louis area, but all around the country. And it doesn’t seem to matter whether they are off duty or not.

The biggest story, of course, that everyone is talking about is Brett Darrow and Sgt. James Kuehnlein who was fired this week for showing his true colors as a so-called “law enforcement” officer. You see, the law is whatever Sgt. Kuehnlein says it is. As out of line as Kuehnlein was, I suppose Mr. Darrow is at least lucky that he didn’t get hit with the taser.

Heidi Gill found out what that was like. So did Andrew Meyer. Was this National Taser Week and somebody forgot to tell the citizens of America? As much as getting tasered hurts, it could be worse.

You could be bar owner David Gaulden, who had the crap beat out of him by six St. Louis area deputies who have subsequently been fired. Jefferson County Sheriff Oliver Boyer asked that “you not judge us by the actions of a few, but by the history of many.”

Unfortunately for all of us, these are no longer the actions of just a few. The number of stories and videos whizzing around the internet are merely the percentage of “the few” who have been unlucky enough, or stupid enough, to be caught and have their actions documented in the public eye. How many more are engaged in this activity, that we never hear about? Logic would suggest there are many, many more. And as for the “history of many,” our own story archive and others like it, are all the history I need to know.

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