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November 11, 2012

HOPKINS: There's a right way and a wrong way

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Some may think it’s excessive to have several officers restrain a suspect. Don’t count me in that group. Police officers can’t afford to take chances. They have been hired to serve and protect and they won’t be doing their job if they go easy on an aggressive suspect who then pulls a weapon on them.

I was once told by an editor that you could be 100 percent right on something, but if you challenge a police officer you’re going to lose. He noted that you might have the First Amendment to back you up,but it won’t do much good if you’re tossed in jail. He has a point. There are other ways to win.

It’s not worth fighting someone in law enforcement. If you do, you’re going to lose and you’ll be much worse off than if you had simply complied.

The man in Hartland was described as 19 years old. That was the age of my friends when they got arrested in Herkimer several years ago. Even though they were drunk, they handled their situation with much more poise.

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I want to use this last little bit of space to thank all of our veterans for all of the sacrifices they made while serving our country. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, and God bless all of you.

John J. Hopkins is the managing editor for the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal. His column appears on Sundays. Contact Mr. Hopkins at john.hopkins@lockportjournal.com.

John J. Hopkins is the managing editor for the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal. His column appears on Sundays. Contact Mr. Hopkins at john.hopkins@lockportjournal.com.

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