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Brain Dead: "Moaning" Joe Scarborough's Rudy Guiliani Moment

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Okay, Joe, let's not discuss the fact that a police officer's duty is to arrest suspected criminals, charge them with whatever offense for which they are being arrested, and most importantly, to permit the criminal justice system to mete out any punishment so deserved.

Instead, let's talk about why you feel it's perfectly okay to overlook the "street justice" meted out by street cops who so often relegate themselves as judge, jury, and executioner in encounters with citizens whose only "crime" -- if you will -- is having the audacity to question their authority.

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Let's not focus on a long history of skittish, trigger-happy "shoot-first-ask-questions-later" cops highlighted today by the rash of police killings of unarmed young black Americans.

Instead, let's talk about why you and other critics, specifically, Rudy Giuliani, seem to agree that ridding society of its "blacks-killing-blacks" problem is the best way to eradicate its "blue-killing-black" problem while you extrapolate as well, on what's worse in a civilized society: cop killers or killer cops?

But let's not talk about why, for people just like you, the thought of punishing a bunch of football players for exercising their alleged constitutional right of free speech is so much more emotionally palatable than an agreement not to punish a clearly "testi-lying" cop with a racially-troubling background who killed an unarmed black teenager in broad daylight under murky circumstances.

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Instead, let's discuss what makes you feel angry and offended by American citizens who respond to the over-the-top behavior of cops through the exercise of free speech and assembly, in particular, this specific act of uncomplicated symbolism -- raising your hands.

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Anthony Barnes, of Boston, Massachusetts, is a free-lance writer who leans toward the progressive end of the political spectrum. "When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to (more...)

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