Lou Arcangeli is the rare cop (he’s retired now) who’s earned kudos from people both sides of the political aisle. Atlanta journalist John Sugg calls him a “cop’s cop” in this 2003 profile.
Lou weighed in on the Troy Davis case today: the editorial ran in the Savannah Morning News (http://savannahnow.com/column/2011-09-22/arcangeli-no-injustice-davis-case#.Tntcz831aqm). He writes:
I wish that [Troy] Davis’ supporters had met Davis years earlier and worked as hard to connect with and help the troubled young man before he started carrying guns and killed a policeman. I think they enjoy the camaraderie of their tweeting and demonstrations much more than the work and commitment it would take to make a safer society.
I second that. The more years I spent in Atlanta, the more I despaired of helping kids emerge from bad environments unscathed . . . and the less I trusted the loud “social justice” activists who preferred the easy self-aggrandizement of valorizing murderers over the work of keeping children from wasting their lives in violence.
The activists below will drift to other causes (or continue collecting big checks from foundations) while kids keep killing kids, and police keep trying to save them, despite being pilloried by . . . activists like the people below:
I am Troy Davis: I am a cop killer.
I am Troy Davis: I killed another man in an utterly senseless murder.
Our teacher says we’re Troy Davis: we pistol-whipped a homeless guy and
threatened to kill him because he wouldn’t give us a beer.
I am Troy Davis: I’m really excited to be holding this sign.
Arcangeli links to a good website debunking the activists’ lies about this case, and I’ve added a few more. The performance of the media, particularly the New York Times, has been disgraceful throughout:
A Useful Chart Debunking the “Recanting Witness” Claims (see also: http://legalcases.info/troydavis/)
D.A. Spencer Lawton on Davis guilt. In other words, the prosecutor’s and appeals courts’ position, which was carefully suppressed in coverage of the execution by the New York Times, CNN, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and most other news sources.
Educate yourselves: the media isn’t going to tell you the truth about this case.
And thanks to Lou for quoting me.