The front page of the May 23 News Tribune shows a shoplifter throwing a case of beer at a store employee in Olympia. The shoplifter and his accomplice are both later shot by an investigating officer.
As in other recent officer-involved shootings, up jump the protesters and anarchists howling for police reform. Acts of civil disobedience ensue, cries of outrage and civic indignation ring. Yet the facts are not all in.
Page 3 of that same edition of The News Tribune carried the headline, "Father suspected in beating of girl, 2." According to the article, Lakewood officers see him hanging her from the third-story balcony; she's covered in bruises and traumatized; and the father "allegedly" admits to the beating, abuse and torture of the child.
Where are the protesters, anarchists and human rights activists with their outrage for the treatment of this 2-year-old? Why no cries for justice and reform?
Oh, that's right; the facts are not all in. Yeah, that's probably it.
Perhaps those soon-to-come police body cameras will reveal who truly deserves the benefit of outrage and calls for reform - if we have the courage to watch all the video of what police encounter.