Yesterday, a Texas newspaper, The San Antonio Observer, came forward with plans that threaten the safety of San Antonio officers and their family’s by publishing information on who they are and where they live.
According to Fox News, the newspaper’s actions come after an OIS that occurred on February 4th, when a 10-year veteran officer mistook a cellphone in the suspects hands for a weapon and fatally shot the man. The San Antonio Observer is claiming that Antronie Scott was “unjustly murdered.”
San Antonio Observer’s editor-in-chief, Stephanie Zarriello, said that officers who shoot unarmed citizens go unpunished and likened them to the Ku Klux Klan:
Like Ku Klux Klansmen with hoods, (officers) do everything they can in order to protect their identities for fear of being brought to justice,” said Zarriello.
The department said in a statement sent to Fox San Antonio: “The San Antonio Police Department is continuing its investigation of the officer involved shooting. We will continue to provide the public with updates into both the criminal and administrative investigations as information becomes available. We are committed to conducting an unbiased and transparent investigation into this matter.”
To explain or perhaps justify the decision to publicize the private information of San Antonio officers Zarriello said, “Just as the names and addresses of sex offenders are publicized in order to protect the public from their wicked behavior, we feel that our community has the right to the exact same level of protection.”
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