Protecting the guilty is not a legitimate policy objective of local government.
Last week an unlicensed daycare provider in Bristow, staffed by illegal aliens and overcrowded far beyond what regulations allow, had a three month old child under their care die. Authorities have even issued a cease and desist order to shut down the operation. Strangely enough they will not, however, disclose to the public where this daycare operation was.
If this operation failed a health inspection, that information would be public. If someone were arrested for a crime, usually authorities would release as a matter of course the block where the arrest occurred. It happens all the time, and our local newspapers are chock-full of crime reports that identify not only who has been arrested for a crime, but the specifics of where that crime happened. Not this time, though. This was special, somehow.
There’s an important reason this happens. People might have information useful for the investigation or any prosecutions that result, and providing these details helps people to know whether any information they might have could be relevant. John Doe being arrested somewhere in Prince William County gives people who might read these crime reports no information about whether the John Doe they might know is involved, or whether they may have any information about the scene of the crime. John Doe who lived one block over from you gets arrested, and your observations gleaned from driving by twice a day going to and coming back from work is now relevant to the successful investigation and prosecution. The public is important for the success of law enforcement operations, and a good mutual flow of information back and forth has huge impacts on public safety.
In this case two people were arrested in this case in connection with the death of an infant, about as shocking a tragedy as one can imagine. In any circumstance other than one involving illegal aliens, police would make public where a crime or violation occurred and the press would report that information, because that’s important. It helps solve cases, and it helps get convictions. It reinforces the partnership between the community and law enforcement.
This time illegal aliens are involved, and apparently that makes some critical difference. Illegal aliens are afforded a privacy shield that neither you nor I, should we commit a crime or violate a state regulation, would ever be afforded. Even the businesses that employed them, violating federal laws that are punishable as a felony in the process, is protected from the truth. If a food business doesn’t clean out their grease traps often enough, they get their name plastered in the paper for a health code violation, which isn’t even a misdemeanor. If an unlicensed business involving infants employs illegal aliens and creates insanely unsafe conditions that results in children actually dying, which potentially involves endless felony charges, they are somehow protected from having anyone with useful evidence even know who is involved.
Does this strike anyone as being at least somewhat odd?
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