Pubdate: Thu, 11 May 2000
Source: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (TX)
Copyright: 2000 Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, Texas
Author:  Joe A. Moake


The law-and-order Republican crowd has expressed outrage about the use of 
an excessive show of force in the Elian Gonzalez raid, and rightfully so.

One cannot help but wonder, though, where this crowd's outrage is in the 
many other cases when, as a matter of routine, law officers (dressed in 
military-style combat gear, carrying combat assault weapons and using 
military combat tactics) kick down doors in the middle of the night without 
knocking, scream at the top of their lungs, threaten occupants with death, 
destroy property and conduct a house-wrecking search, and then find nothing 
illegal on the property.

Any resistance to this sort of invasion can lead to instant death.

Do I detect a note of hypocrisy here, or is it just politics?

Joe A. Moake, Bedford
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