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Wed Feb 13, 2013, 11:53 PM

If the cops performed vigilante justice on Dorner, so what? He had it coming. [View all]

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Never, ever, did I think I'd read that kind of thought on DU. But here we are.

Ours is a nation of laws.

When we cease to be a nation of laws, we will cease to be a nation of any standing. We will have turned into a third-world hellhole, a Mad Maxian dystopia. The gun nuts will have been right - their home weapons depots will have been good investments.

Whether it's cops killing people "they just know" deserve it, or presidents droning Americans "he just knows" are guilty, or civilians shooting people walking their neighborhood that "they just know" are robbing houses, it's all wrong.

We have laws, and we have courts. And that's how we have civilization.

"At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst."
- Aristotle

We can all do better.

Edit to clarify: I don't know enough about the situation to pass judgement on whether the police actions were warranted or lawful. What I'm addressing here are those who say that even if it was vigilante justice, it was OK. That's not OK.

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