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    Frank Van Haste


    Thanks for this add-on to the story. I'm not happy to note that with the creditable exception of The Atlantic's Jim Fallows, I've seen ZERO main-stream media coverage of this debacle. Is there any way to wake those people up before somebody gets shot?

    Frank Van Haste


    The Santa Barbara police seem to have a penchant for over-reacting. It is absolutely deplorable that they might completely ignore any "cop instinct" they have and treat the Kings like drug dealing airplane thieves. This entire situation is very frustrating!

    Max Trescott

    Frank, if one of the Kings had been shot, it would have been on every media outlet in the country. But since it was just mistake, I guess it's not news. James a former cop has posted several comments about ignoring "cop instinct" on my Facebook page. You can find more than a dozen comments at: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=467817905627&comments=


    The police who responded to this call are complete dopes. There are far too many trigger-happy cops on their own little power trip, and the number of these pathetic, self-entitled individuals is growing at an unprecedented rate. Law enforcement needs to wise up, buy a little common sense at the local convenience store, and show respect to the citizens they are sworn to protect. Treating a couple of diminutive, mild-mannered senior citizens this way is the kind of material you might find in a Saturday Night Live skit, but sadly it was a real-life occurrence and not a comedy routine. Disgusting! It's time our society reigns in its police to teach them in no uncertain terms that we live in America, not the Third Reich.

    When I was a kid, our parents told us how the police were there to help and to never be afraid to ask for their assistance. Now the best advice we can give young people is to avoid law enforcement at all cost, as a totally innocent civilian could find him/herself mistreated or beaten, then thrown in jail for good measure.

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