[lit-ideas] Re: Didn't I tell you so?
- From: Paul Stone <pas@xxxxxxxx>
- To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 31 May 2006 14:02:07 -0400
JE: It also shows what kind
of crime comes under the heading of "violent crime". I'll list
This list is amazing. Unless there is a clear threat to person, how are ANY
of these first 10 'violent' crimes?
theft from car;
motor bicycle theft;
theft from garages;
theft of personal property;
The last two are obviously violent crimes
assault and threat.
I guess the definition of "homicide" might include people accidentally run
over by a bus.
One early winter morning, I was walking between two parked cars and I
slipped on some ice. In the process of breaking my fall, I accidentally
broke a guy's tail-light with my a shopping bag full of bottles I had in my
hand. I had no idea that this had occurred and after refilling my bag, I
went on my way. Normally, this would have involved me paying restitution to
the car-owner and I would have been more than happy to do that. But... it
just so happened that the car-owner was a cop and he had me arrested for
"willful damage under $500" or some such verbiage. After being notified of
what the charges were, I argued with the arresting officer that it was
hardly 'willful' to which he said with a quizzical look: "doesn't matter!"
In the end, after 4 hours of being under arrest -- a time period when they
actually tried to intimidate me into 'confessing' to breaking the light on
purpose -- they ripped up the citation and I paid for the light lens. What
a great idea... too bad they couldn't have mustered a sensible thought in
the first place. Maybe if the cops had some murders to investigate they
wouldn't harass law-abiding citizens.
looking for sense and maybe some war veterans,
Kingsville, ON, Canada
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