What the Hell is Crystal Miller Talking About?


I am baffled by this:
Most of what is happening recently with protests against police is stemming from two high-profile cases of people who broke the law and had a tragic outcome. It’s a tragedy anytime someone loses a life, and in a time of grieving it’s easy to grasp at straws to find a reason why. It’s easy to blame anyone else.
That would be Michael Brown, an unarmed black man who was killed by the police and Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who was killed by the police. She is not talking about this woman, who was white and was quite effectively armed and did shoot at people:
Police said Shields, blonde and wearing body armor, raced through the neighborhood, past well-manicured lawns and simple brick houses, firing multiple shots out her window at people and cars. Chattanooga police officers received a report of shots fired at 1300 Cloverdale and arrived at 3:52 p.m. Friday, according to a news release. Officers found two people who said they were at a stop sign when a woman pulled up in a dark-colored sedan and fired shots into their vehicle, hitting and disabling the radiator. Then more calls reported a woman pointing a firearm at people as she passed them in her car, and that she fired at another vehicle in the same area. Police found Shields sitting in her vehicle in the Stuart Heights Baptist Church Parking lot on Hixson Pike, the release stated.
Miss Shields was not shot dead. She pointed a gun at the police but survived her encounter with law enforcement. The point of all of this is, to quote Charles Pierce, acknowledge that there are two Americas. But, by all means, Miss Miller. Continue:
The fact is that these two individuals broke the law, and when confronted they escalated the situation. Criminals can be violent and I promise you that any fighting looks ugly. Police officers have to face the risks of this difficult and complex job every day. There is limit to any situation on how much or when someone can be calmed with counseling.
Further tragedy came from New York. We can all agree that Ismaaiyl Brinsley did not have the actions of a sane and rational person when he murdered officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjiam Liu in New York. Can we also agree that his hatred had been fueled by recent protests? The threat from insane and irrational people is that they look just like you and me. It is hard to tell who is who.
When someone breaks the law or is a person of interest, the police will make contact. If this person runs, the police will chase them. If this person fights, the police will fight back. These are not acts of police brutality; these are acts of criminal brutality. It’s not racism; it’s singling out people who are breaking the law. The law applies to all of us.
What the hell are you talking about, lady? The reality of police brutality is one that communities all over America have struggled with for decades.

This amounts to a belief that the police are incapable of doing anything wrong, and that's a dangerous position for a newspaper publisher to take. It's as if Miller is attempting to "blame the victim" for what has happened to them, and should a case of police brutality come up in the future in the community, there's no telling what influence she will have over how the story gets told to the public.

And that is the most important aspect of all of this. How will the Albert Lea Tribune cover stories like this in the future if someone is accused of excessive force? Can the community rightly say that such a story is in the public interest? Absolutely. Will the publisher of the newspaper attempt to influence how that story is told? I don't know how you could read this editorial and not wonder about that possibility.

How would the paper cover a protest against the police? I mean, you do have the First Amendment right to protest, I gather. Or did Miller forget that, too?

The crazy isn't over:
If you’re anything like me you live a busy a life. You work hard at a job and you work harder to take care of your family. I am rarely out of the house past midnight. We live our lives in our personal bubbles and don’t realize how ugly behavior can be, even in Albert Lea after midnight. We read the reports in the newspaper, but that doesn’t explain how someone fought when they were caught breaking the law. The truth is, they fight and they fight hard to avoid getting caught.
We can only live with the happiness that we are accustomed to because our police protect us. We sleep at night while they worry for our safety. We sleep soundly while not realizing how bad life is for our neighbors. Stealing. Harassment. Babies in two-day-old diapers. Children being abused.
Good God. But wait, there's more:
People literally are wielding swords down our streets. There are drug dealers in each neighborhood. Domestic disputes have turned deadly. It’s hard to imagine because this behavior isn’t how you and I would act, but it’s there and some of our neighbors behave inhumanely. I hope you don’t have to experience it, but it can’t be ignored.
What in God's name is she talking about now? This?
A 27-year-old man who had been in the apartment told officers Morales swung the sword at the woman after the two got into an argument.
“Mr. Morales had said that he was very sorry, but she had disrespected him and he had to do it,” the witness’ statement says.
The files also state Morales had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, and his eyes were bloodshot and watery.
Um, that was five years ago. Here, by the way, is the crime rate in Albert Lea since 2000:


There is no category for sword wielding maniacs, but someone should probably add that. And where's the editorial calling for the police chief to be fired? Whoever is running public safety for the city of Albert Lea needs to be fired, if you're reading Miss Miller closely enough to maintain separation from the contact high given off by her ramblings and doodlings. If Albert Lea has fallen prey to drug dealers and ninjas, who in the hell is running things?
My husband is a police officer in Albert Lea. He is my hero, and I share him with you. Each night he works to make Albert Lea a better place for you to live. When you wake in the morning, your community is better, and you didn’t even know it was in trouble. He runs toward danger when the rest of us run away.
So, let me get this straight. Swords? Drug dealers? Domestic disputes are turning deadly? What has your husband been doing about this? Inquiring minds, they sorta want to know.

Someone should also help the Albert Lea Tribune find another publisher. I mean, damn. You would think that after years of overt racism and incompetence they could have found someone who isn't crazy. Apparently, that's another search that failed to produce the desired results.