Friday 19 January 2018

Law-abiding citizens have rights, too

* "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" Or, in simple English, who polices the police? Better question, but not in Latin – who protects the police? When Sgt Patrick Morrissey knotted his tie on that fatal morning of his death, little did he know that in the carrying out of his duty he would be summarily executed later that day.

Yes, "summarily executed" was the description given at the time by an eminent broadcaster in describing the brave officer's death. His killer was subject to the state death penalty then on the statutes.

In its stead, he was given 40 years' imprisonment for the "execution" of a state official. The State and society's thinking was that the death penalty and execution were barbaric. Sgt Morrissey would no doubt concur, had he been given the chance to live a normal life.

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