Who is more Anti-Cop?

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Who is more Anti-Cop?

2016-11-26T08:04:45+00:00 November 4th, 2015|From the President|Comments Off on Who is more Anti-Cop?

I am not sure who is more anti-cop: the Post & Courier or USC Professor Seth Stoughton.

Charleston Police Corporal Rodney Van Horn

Charleston Police Corporal Rodney Van Horn

The Post & Courier refuses to put any effort in covering the good side of law enforcement, but will splash anything negative on the front page. Recently the Post & Courier plastered its fronts with stories of Richland Deputy Ben Fields’s “violence.” However, the newspaper barely mentions the Knights of Columbus honoring Charleston Police Corporal Rodney Van Horn for his vital contribution to the Emanuel AME Church shooting case.

Seth Stoughton has decided he is an expert in all that is law enforcement. He touts that he is a former police officer and now an attorney. Well, five years as a cop and less than that as an attorney does not make you an expert. I don’t care how many times you have been published. It does not make you an expert. My opinion has been published in the Wall Street Journal, but I am not seen making claims to being a financial guru.

In the Post & Courier’s most recent hit piece against law enforcement, they call on Mr. Stoughton’s expertise in dissecting what Deputy Fields should have done. Mr. Stoughton believes:

“If she still refuses to move, pick up the conversation after class. But if it’s necessary for the student to leave class, the more appropriate physical response would have been to carry the desk out of the room — with the student still in it.”

We will set aside the proposal to allow the unruly student to remain in the class until after the bell because the concept is asinine on its own. However, for a trained police officer – an expert – to suggest that someone carry a desk with the student in it out of the room is laughable. First, it will take two people to accomplish that feat. Both people will not be able to defend themselves from attack from the unruly student because their hands will be holding the desk. The tools on the officer’s belt will be within reach of the disruptive student. All extremely poor tactics which will only create an opportunity for severe injury to those involved.

Mr. Stoughton should keep his opinions in classroom because his drivel has no place otherwise.

Maybe next time the Post & Courier will find a real expert on the matter instead of settling for a charlatan.

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A retired law enforcement officer who now serves as the President of the Fraternal Order of Police Tri-County Lodge #3.
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