Jailing the Innocent is Okay, if… (outrageous comment by a blog reader)

While writing my entry about police lineups v police show-ups and whether the process should be banned or modified, I came across the following comment by DCFriscoTX to the article, State Senator to Propose Ban on Police "showups’ in Texas:

 

It is terrible that innocent people have to go to prison, executions, etc.
At the same time, America needs to come to grips with a decision – do we allow a few innocent people to be jailed to insure that more violent sociopaths are taken off the streets?

Do we let 100 criminals walk in order to insure that one innocent person is set free?

3rd world countries have no moral dilemas over this. What US needs to remember is that this country is quickly turning into a 3rd world country and will continue the slide unless we make a stand… a tough decision… a heavy price.

Personal freedoms vs. betterment of society. the two do not always go together.

Rather than beat your head against the wall over it, why not teach our kids and citizens to avoid being in the wrong place at the wrong time, to avoid guilt by association?

This country is becoming extremely dependent on the government for everything, including babysitting its citizens. How about being responsible for your own actions?

Law enforcement is increasingly used for breaking up activities, not enforcing laws and prosecuting offenders. Judicial sytem is a revolving door, heavily influenced by politics, media and lobbies… Tabloid justice.

And please, let’s leave race and ethnicity out of this….

I will not chastise everything that DCFriscoTX had to say, but the fact that anyone would have this viewpoint, if they are at all educated just amazes me.  So, let’s start with what I agree with that DCFriscoTX had to say:

  1. Avoid being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and teach this to future generations
  2. It is terrible that innocent people have to go to prison, executions, etc.
  3. let’s leave race and ethnicity out of this….

Aside from those three points, I completely disagree with DCFriscoTX overall.  Unless he or she is willing to "volunteer" to be jailed as one of the "few innocent people" then these comments are completely out of line.  Afterall, who is this person to say what someone else should do or should be subjected to.  Please remember,

We are all accountable for our OWN actions, thoughts and beliefs:  we cannot control nor should we try to control those of other people.