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From the Headlines re Otto Zhem

As I brought in the paper this morning, the first thing I see is the headline: "Zehm grand jury to hear evidence police changed testimony" (by Thomas Clouse).

When I first read about this incident, my initial thought was that something was fishy in the two women's statements.  I thought, and I think I'm correct, that they assumed Zehm was annoyingly happy and pesty.  The cops assumed the pretty young women were being hit on and they didn't like it and so the cops were going to "protect" these women and take care of this character.  I felt that the cops had pre-assessed Zehm has a criminal to be taken down hard.

In the end - they screwed up horribly.  And now we're talking about cover up and is this a surprise to any of us??? 

Otto Zehm was the epitome of an innocent person, a child-like sweet individual.  Would any one of us acted just exactly as he did if we were suddenly attacked by officers who we would normally have trusted?  Can you imagine the incredulous fear he felt?

I am so sick of this.


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