'While it is regrettable ...'
When I first saw the photo at right on Saturday, my initial thought was, 'Is that a Needham cop holding an Uzi?' The second thought was, 'Hope they didn't arrest the wrong man.' Well, it's definitely an automatic weapon and it was indeed the wrong man.
... I know the cops were just doing their job. The 911 calls coming in
were frantic. The town was in an uproar over a brutal slaying and massive manhunt. But ... but I'm still alarmed at the firepower now available in even small-town police departments. Hillel Neuer is lucky to be alive. ... With that said, Neuer's attorney seems to be hinting at possible legal action. His client will lose a lot of sympathy fast if he goes down that route. ... BTW: Neuer sounds like an interesting character
. It's easy for me to say, but he should move on and keep fighting the good fight he was engaged in before last Friday. ... Photo courtesy of Herald. ...Update
-- Over at Adam's site
, there's a debate about how the Herald covered the story. I didn't know until now it was an issue. I viewed the Neuer incident as part of the day's whole chaos and drama that paralyzed a town and led to an arrest of the wrong guy. But I can see the other side too. ... I should go out of my way to disclose
that I'm a Herald reporter who wasn't involved in the coverage. I would have disclosed it earlier had I known there was a controversy. ...