A double standard in Fairfax police shooting
By Langdon P. Williams Jr.
The decision of Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh not to prosecute the county police officer who killed David A. Masters provides us with another example of our society’s fondness for double standards and its growing inequality [“Fairfax officer cleared in death,” Metro, Jan. 28].
I assume Mr. Morrogh has parsed the law and has legal justification for his decision. But I suspect that if Mr. Masters’s death had been caused by someone other than a law enforcement officer, that person would be facing serious jail time — hence, the double standard.
Decisions like this have happened before in Fairfax County. In 2000, a Prince George’s County police officer shot an unarmed suspect in the back in Fairfax County, and Mr. Morrogh’s predecessor didn’t prosecute. It was a Prince George’s problem, you see.
Citizens dislike what they perceive to be unequal treatment provided by our legal system. Unequal treatment weakens our society, its standards and its values, and it should be exposed for what it is in order to curtail further mistakes.
| February 1, 2010; 6:42 PM ET
Categories: Fairfax County, HotTopic, crime
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