Letters to the EditorThe Tech received a copy of this letter addressed to President Vest.
According to The Tech, two suspects were arrested after menacing some students one evening and pointing what looked like a gun at them. The gun turned out to be a water pistol. Nevertheless, the suspects were charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. I should not have to state the obvious, but a water pistol is NOT a dangerous weapon! The suspects should be charged for threatening or menacing people, but not for assault with a dangerous weapon.
Chief Glavin said that the Campus Police would press all charges, even though they "may not hold up in court," indicating that the practice of bringing false or exaggerated charges is routine. She displays here the same lack of respect for the truth that she displayed two and a half years ago when she pressed false charges against Steven D. Penn G and Ronald W. Francis PhD `92 in the Committee on Discipline.
I've said this before, and I'll say it again: We must not tolerate police officers who knowingly falsely charge people. The judge in this case should not only dismiss the charge of assault with a dangerous weapon, he should also lay sanctions for prosecuting a frivolous charge.
We've been talking about honesty in academia. Let's now start talking about honesty in law enforcement.
John H. Morrison G