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Re: “Police ballistic vests are a greenlight for CPD to militarize

Mat, the next time you are in trouble why bother the police, seems that you have a strong disregard for their safety.

Posted by Ben West on July 27, 2016 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: On mentors and a little red wagon

Congrats Kinsey!!

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Posted by Matt Vielbig on July 27, 2016 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Will traffic into and off of the peninsula suffer as a result of the new bike lane?

One small correction - the van driver that killed Dr. Hollen on the JI connector did not "lose control of his van" - he was talking on his cellphone and distracted, and drifted off the driving surface into the emergency lane.

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Posted by islander828 on July 27, 2016 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Police ballistic vests are a greenlight for CPD to militarize

Ballistic vests? As in vests designed to stop a bullet if you get shot? Of course. Why should cops wear a vest that could save their lives?

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Posted by jadenova on July 27, 2016 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Police ballistic vests are a greenlight for CPD to militarize

"sorry, until there's a trial, you're still a citizen and you have rights"

Yes, and so does the officer. If you are a fleeing suspect and you are shooting at the officer (or about to) the officer, just like any other citizen, has a right to defend themselves. The officer (unlike citizens) also has a right to fire in defense of the society at large as well.

Now, this is not meant to excuse some of the actions seen by law enforcement. however, despite the dozen or so incidents seen on YouTube or media recently, these incidents are still, by far, in the minority. The vast majority of officer / citizen interactions are done calmly, professionally, and occasionally in, a friendly manner.

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Posted by Jshicke on July 27, 2016 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Charleston County Council will consider resolution opposing assault weapons

I am disappointed to hear that your city is even considering a ban on any weapon when it is a violation of the 2nd amendment right. When did a city have the right to change the constitution to be a PC City? I spend about 5 weeks a year in your city each year and if the passes you have lost all the money I send there. I am ashamed of the city of Charleston and the State of South Carolina. Your pay cut is in your hands enjoy and I will be passing this information on to all of my friends and everyone I meet while traveling around as to how un-American your city has become.

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Posted by Keith Grice on July 27, 2016 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Turtle Trek

Don't forget to sign up before August 19th to ensure your T-Shirt order for the race!

Posted by Josephine O'Brien on July 27, 2016 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Police ballistic vests are a greenlight for CPD to militarize

I'm not sure if my previous comment went through, so I'll sum up in another one:

Militarize: to put weapons and military forces in (an area) or to give a military quality or character to (something) - Merriam-Webster, 27 July, 2016.
How does giving police ballistic vests (a.k.a. bullet proof vests), militarize the CPD? Simple, it doesn't. How does protecting our officers, our 'blue lives', militarize them? Joe Public can buy the vests, why can't CPD? If Joe Public can militarize, then the PD's around the country need to as well (North Hollywood Shootout anyone?). Sounds like the media isn't reporting the whole story again (surprise!!!). You say the 'citizen' has rights, and you are correct. However, certain citizens, let's call them convicted felons, don't have certain rights; the right to bear arms, to conceal said firearm in their pocket while resisting arrest and reach for said firearm during the arrest. That's one example. Maybe what you should be writing about is how certain cultures are raised to hate police, how that life is glorified in music videos and movies and songs. What you should be writing is "If stopped by a police officer, show respect, do what you are instructed to do, no sudden movements & explain what and where you are reaching for..."etc. Oh, and don't forget the biggest thing you should write "Don't kill anyone, be they a blue life, a black life, a yellow/brown/red/"
Now, had the CPD ordered four tanks for crowd control, then you could argue militarization. But to anyone with their head on their shoulders, vests are a good thing for our officers.

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Posted by Craig Gary on July 27, 2016 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Gaps remain in the Denzel Curnell suicide narrative

The dots must be joined up between the officer's account, witnesses and evidence. If this happened to your relative or close friend you would want to make sense of this death. It appears the cop is hiding and controlling evidence - just doesn't seem ethical or objective which is a concern for the public

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Posted by Sophia Satchell on July 27, 2016 at 7:21 AM
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