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Let’s say the police do the right thing. a thoroughly investigated case of Mike’s alleged offense. Now, it’s the prosecutor’s turn to fail, by protracting the charging decision, and by demanding additional evidence, far more than if the alleged offender sold shoes or framed houses for a living.
Mike’s case has now hit the papers, and TV and radio. The prosecutor’s delays allow Mike to suit up for the next game, the next, and the next, and the one after that. Weeks then months pass. Then, even with DNA and other overwhelming evidence, the prosecutor declines to prosecute.
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buy canada goose jacket It is not uncommon for a sexual assault victim to be so traumatized she can’t finish school, get a job or return to work. She’s lost her capacity to trust, to forge loving and canada goose outlet london uk lasting relationships. Some, like the 19 year old woman, who last August, nine days after she reported having been sexually attacked by a Notre Dame football player, kill themselves. Coaches, teachers, professors, athletic directors, alumni and other boosters, campus cops, fawning sports reporters, and university presidents, parents and friends can and often do collude with a system that excuses violent sexual assaults. (And drug dealing, kidnapping, hit and run violations, drunk driving, home invasion robberies, dope ripoffs, theft, animal abuse, child neglect, domestic violence, even murder.) buy canada goose jacket
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canada goose coats on sale Also for the record, most police officers are honorable, committed to doing the right thing. The same could be said of prosecutors, and other members of that 2000 UW team. And of every high school, college, and pro team in the land. Which makes it all the more tragic when the reputations of respectable cops, prosecutors, and law abiding players are tarnished by teammates canada goose discount uk who believe they are above the law. canada goose coats on sale
There’s something terribly wrong when a cop behaves more like a fan, and a prosecutor more like a defense attorney in the face of such onerous crimes.
I have no doubt that young “Mike” will enter the NFL with the same sense of entitlement and power that comes from being a celebrated athlete. Having not been held to account for his past crime(s), he will likely commit more in the future.
How do we stop it? Simple: stop treating athletes as gods. Given probable cause, arrest them. With sufficient evidence, charge them. Upon conviction, kick them off the team and out of school that’s in addition to whatever jail time they get.
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