I have a lot of respect for a man who has the guts to say, publically, "I was wrong." Thank you. I hope the folks who were outraged by David's July 21st column will be as equally appreciative of this change-of-heart, inspired no doubt, by the many people who helped him see the error of his words the week before.
Mr. Cook has a very glaring and very biased error in his column. He asks, "Is it even constitutional for a TWRA officer to arrest someone because of documentation issues?"
The gentlemen were NOT arrested for their documentation issues. They were arrested because they were breaking the law and could produce no identification. TWRA officers (and every other law enforcement officer) routinely arrest U.S. citizens for violations, IF they cannot produce legitimate identification. I know because I was once a wildlife officer and I've done it.
You've documented this incident well. However you've provided no evidence that the exact same protocol (and spelling errors) wouldn't have occurred if the violator had been a bumbling Times Free Press columnist who left his wallet at home.
Assuming and implying otherwise is grossly unfair and as equally biased as you've implied TWRA officers may be.
Well put... thank you.