As a former resident of Charleston County who returns at least once a year for a visit; it's nice to see that the "City Paper" has not lost its sense of humor.
Unfortunately, by publishing this article in a less than objective fashion, it is not doing a credible service to its readers who might only get their printed news from this paper.
I don't know the author's professional background, however, based on his commentary, I'm pretty sure he never served a day in a law enforcement uniform. So, as a career law enforcement officer, I will offer some objective facts that the author of this piece failed to provide.
There is a war on law enforcement officers, courtesy of the Obama administration. It goes back to the incident in Cambridge, MA in 2009 where Mr. Obama passed judgment on the officers involved and the agency before the ink was dry on the arrest report. http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/07/24/officer.gates.arrest/
It can also be traced back to when Eric Holder was the Attorney General of the US, and failed to prosecute both domestic and foreign terrorists (Black Panthers for voter intimidation, and GITMO detainees who were returned only to fight some more).
http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052970203550604574361071968458430 AND http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/23/joseph-connor-eric-holder-gaive-aid-to-terrorists/ AND https://www.kirk.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=1681
Now fast forward to the present day.
As of 28 July 2016, law enforcement line of duty deaths are up approximately 8% over this same time frame last year. http://www.nleomf.org/facts/officer-fatalities-data/
There are only about 900,000 total sworn law enforcement personnel, serving a nation of residents and visitors that exceeds 300 MILLION people. And on average, a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty every 61 hours or so. http://www.nleomf.org/facts/enforcement/
You should also know that a black Harvard professor jut released a study that shows that claims of racist deadly force incidents by law enforcement have no merit.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/11/no-racial-bias-police-shootings-study-harvard-prof/ AND the actual study is here. http://www.nber.org/papers/w22399.pdf
Your readers should also know that ballistic vests have a safety rating of approximately 5 years, which can be reduced somewhat in high heat and humidity environments (it has been rather warm this week). http://www.nij.gov/topics/technology/body-armor/pages/compliant-ballistic-armor.aspx
Your claim that no ordinary citizen can buy body armor is also false. There's a company out of Kentucky that has a wonderful selection. http://www.galls.com/body-armor-ballistic-protection
And at around $500 per vest when bulk ordering, $250,000 should outfit the department with new vests, that will last about 5 years.
So, for yours and your reader’s future endeavors, feel free to use the following open sourced items for your research into actual news reporting.
Personally, if I were your editor, I would have at least suspended you over this piece; unless of course this is your normal effort, then I would have fired you.
It’s one thing to be left leaning, it’s another to totally disregard objective fact based reporting.
God bless the USA and all her allies.
Pronghorn, so 28 people were executed last year and that makes you ashamed to be a an American. Seems like a million abortions would bother you too but I doubt it does. The hypocrisy is amazing. You sound like a giant P#$$y.
Wouldn't you want to be defended if you were on trial.
You forgot the third thing the shootings have in common; they were resisting arrest (fighting). Another asinine article from a liberal. Why not take their guns away also, so they will have no defense at all?
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