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Mob justice 
11th-Feb-2009 10:47 am
I've seen more than a few posts and comments saying they hope the arsonists that started various fires are burnt, killed, whatever. I get it. But, I've been a bit concerned by the other comments that have said something like if there's a release of details on who the police are looking for, then the suspects might not make it alive to a police station. There hasn't been many of those, but they're a bit worrying.

I dunno if folks remember, but shortly after the 1997 Dandenong ranges fires, there was a press release saying "we're looking for someone riding this sort of trail bike, they've been near 3 of the fires and that's a bit suspicious". It turned out it was just a kid following his parent's car out of the ranges after helping fight the fire near their house, but it was a day or so before that came out, and a lot of anger before that.

So... hopefully no one will act rashly before any suspicion is properly investigated....
11th-Feb-2009 02:44 am (UTC)
your hoping the "public" wont do anything knee jerk or reactionist?
11th-Feb-2009 03:46 am (UTC)
... quiet you!
Mostly I'm just hoping to insert that whole "innocent until proven guilty" thought into people's minds. The kid in 1997 _freaked out_ because he thought people were out to get him.
11th-Feb-2009 03:45 am (UTC)
So after investigation they can act as rashly as they like?
11th-Feb-2009 03:45 am (UTC)
shh :) Implicitly they won't get the chance.
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11th-Feb-2009 03:55 am (UTC)
The "no smoking in bars" policy claims 5 more innocent victims. When will people learn. :)
11th-Feb-2009 08:13 am (UTC)
You'll never guess what Today Tonight just announced.

Generic description of a motorcycle rider?

Oh. You guessed.
11th-Feb-2009 12:52 pm (UTC)
Being in a workplace with a cross section of society, and lots of talk of the fires, I have mentally prepared for the possibility (yet to occur thankfully) of discussion of the death penalty (which I know from the media has been raised by some) in which case all I will say for now is that arsonists should be prosecuted by the full force of the law as it currently stands.

I think it is too soon for political debate of any kind as a result of a thing like this (beyond nuts-and-bolts discussion of the best implementation of disaster response).. Already I am annoyed by various "blame global warming" versus "blame conservationists who prevent scrub-clearing" rants. Too soon! (Also too boring)
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