Disconnected Thoughts Inspired by Two Pictures

RECEIVED Tue., April 6, 2004

Dear Chronicle,
   I recently saw a picture of two band members who were arrested for violating the noise curfew ["Not Quite 'Ya Se Fue!,'" News, March 26]. Both looked passive as the police put handcuffs on them, and if you look closely at their [manager], Amy [Blackman-Romero], her body language suggests passiveness but the female officer's face who she is confronting is contorted. Later Amy would be arrested for "obstructing a police officer in their duties" – a class B misdemeanor. One of the band members would be charged with "assault on a public servant" which carries a mandatory two-to-10-year sentence. Later a picture would appear of Amy crying as she was released from jail the next day.
   First, Amy, welcome to the real world. The concept of reasonableness: to protect and serve has been passé for years by the police. Countless young men who made the mistake of arguing and wrestling with an arresting officer who suffered an "owie" have been labeled felons and spent two to three years in jail because they did not have the money for a good lawyer.
    Upon consideration of yet another absurdity in our childhood expectations of the world, I think we might be headed to being a vicious society. Even in the most peaceful situations like a national forest we put wolves. Personally I would rather face a hunter a month out of the year than a pack of wolves 24-seven.
   Last, our not-so-rich citizens who get caught using an illegal drug receive a jail sentence up to life by the federal government, without the possibility of parole, yet our killers are released on a more relative basis. They're not trying to protect "the kids"; they just want to get them potty-trained for prison.
   Maybe the only answer, Amy, lies in just staying in the bars and hoping that one never has to face the real world.
Kyle Brooks
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