The War on Police In San Antonio

A San Antonio tabloid says it will publish the names and addresses of every police officer in the San Antonio police department, following the shooting of an unarmed black felon by a San Antonio policeman. Local TV station KENS reports:

36-year-old Antronie Scott was being followed by a undercover police officer Thursday night. Police say when Scott got into a car in a parking lot on Sahara Street, a uniformed officer was called in to arrest him. The department says the officer saw something in Scott hands he believed was a gun. He shot Scott once in the chest, killing him. The object in Scott’s hand turned out to be a cell phone. No gun was found at the scene.

This account doesn’t mention it, but Scott was wanted on felony firearm and drug charges.

Stephanie Zarriello

Stephanie Zarriello

Today the San Antonio Observer, a tabloid, called a press conference and spoke on behalf of Scott’s family. The editor-in-chief, Stephanie Zarriello, says shootings of citizens by officers go unpunished because the officers remain anonymous.

“Like Ku Klux Klansman with hoods, (officers) do everything they can in order to protect their identities for fear of being brought to justice,” said Zarriello.

This statement is bizarre on several levels, not least because there is no secret about the identity of the officer who shot Scott. His name is John Lee, as has been widely reported. Lee is a ten year veteran.

That’s why the San Antonio Observer says it is planning to publish the names and addresses of every officer in the San Antonio Police Department.

“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,” said Zarriello.

Sure, because every single officer on the San Antonio police department is just like a convicted sex offender.

This kind of incident is easy to ridicule, but it is typical of the war on law enforcement that is going on across the United States, with the support of the Obama administration and liberals generally. We have barely begun to see the lethal effects of this war.