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Judge Andrew Napolitano Sums It Up: "You Don't Have The Right To Resist."

Reported by Nancy - October 14, 2005 -

Today (10/14) on FNL, Bill Hemmer used his new email-from-viewers segment ("Because You Asked") to avoid reporting a story. The email today referred to last Saturday's incident in New Orleans, where 3 white police officers beat & an FBI agent "took down" a 64-year-old black man, Robert Davis.

Here's today's episode of "Because You Asked"

12:56pm (EDT) - Hemmer mentioned the Davis beating incident, but did not go into detail. He then showed an email from Gunter (undisclosed location) asking if it's ever okay to fight back in self-defense against police, & interviewed Judge Andrew Napolitano (Fox judicial analyst) about it. Napolitano said the "law is a harsh one" & there's only one state -- Texas -- where people can legally resist police if the arrest is illegal or if the police are using unreasonable force. There was a brief discussion about how juries might take the situation into account if you're ever charged with resisting police, but Napolitano summed it up simply, from a legal point of view: "You don't have the right to resist."

Comments: Hemmer & Napolitano's discussion was all in the abstract. In view of the Davis incident (yet another in a long line of police brutality incidents, & don't even get me started on the ones we *don't* know about), Napolitano certainly provided useful info for viewers, unpleasant as that info might be. But why not give viewers an update on what's happening with this particular case? Has the public become so accustomed to white police officers beating up black men that it's no longer news? Is the media in general, & FNC in particular, fostering this apathy or just reacting to it?

For anyone who isn't aware of this incident, CNN has a link to the video shot by AP Television News.

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