Just as an aside, I've been reading through this thread - I'm a slow reader and I like to get everyone's take - and I'm heartened by the number of people of all walks and all political ideologies who are, like myself, troubled by this event. While I don't know that the officer would have been convicted, I believe a trial on a lesser charge would have allowed the community to pass judgement more fully and would have informed the police on community standards as they relate to police enforcement.
A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
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