Though criminal activity is never excusable, neither is excessive force by the police. Laws are in place to prevent illegal actions by citizens and the authorities must respect the rights of criminals when they are taken into custody. If police officers step too far, they can fatally wound a criminal who does not necessarily pose a threat, bringing wrongful death suits upon themselves and the city they represent.
There is a reason why authorities treat driving while under the influence so seriously: it frequently leads to injuries and even death. That was the case with a recent tragic car accident that claimed the life of a passenger. The Burlington County driver is now facing multiple charges.
It is hard to imagine much worse for a parent than receiving a call that their child has gone missing. Whether in Burlington County or anyplace in New Jersey, the immediate fear strikes the core of anyone's being. The first hope is that there was no personal injury, but when the agonizing hours turn into days, even the strongest hope can start to dwindle. And as a tragedy plays out, parents understandably want answers and fervently wish to hold the responsible parties accountable.