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Don’t ‘lynch’ Amati

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Am I the only Woodstock citizen that is outraged by the lynch mentality in response to Sgt. Chip Amati’s recent troubles?

Admittedly, his actions represent a major lapse in judgment, but does the “mob” decide the fate of this individual? Amati’s 24-year career was not only without disciplinary action, but he was exceptional police office. The 30-day suspension, as directed by state statute, sounds reasonable to me as punishment.

How frightening having thousands of emails and tweets sent anonymously threatening violence if Amati is not fired. These cowardly individuals – most of whom have no ties to our community and no factual knowledge of the incident – feel entitled as they sit at their computers, drunk with power, to mete out justice for an individual and an incident which they do not fully understand.

In most cases, these activists are only forwarding a mindless email or tweet by hitting a button. Wow, that takes an amazing degree of effort – an exhausting exercise in both dexterity and mental acuity.

How about writing a letter or email with your name on it? That might be a better way to express your disagreement with the action taken against this officer. And, please, no re-enactment of the peasants with torches storming the Frankenstein castle. In a democracy, we should be able to express ourselves without violence or destruction.

Bonnie O’Neill


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