An Extra-Judicial “Lynching”
Ray Rice, former Baltimore Ravens running back is being destroyed by law enforcement, the NFL, Ravens management and reckless media for an unsavory act that has been handled by the justice system.
Rice has not been convicted of a crime, if fact, he hasn’t even been prosecuted.
Still, he lost his job.
Domestic violence is a terrible crime that should be thoroughly investigated and aggressively adjudicated.
But the justice system is the correct venue for action and employers should react based on judicial outcomes and the collective agreement.
Over Zealous Cops
What right does a cop have to leak (and shop around) evidence from a pending case to the media or the NFL?
What’s their motive?
Why are they allowed to unfairly and improperly influence the outcome of a matter?
Law enforcement picks who they want to go after and then blatantly undermines the justice system at will.
What if a cop had a bone to pick with you and decided to contact your employer?
Their actions are every bit as nefarious as the crime itself.
NFL: Hands Off
Employers should rely on justice system outcomes to levy sanctions based on the contract.
In the Rice case they are pandering to the media and unprofessional law enforcement.
Both have seized on the Rice case for their own questionable motives.
The moment employers uncouple their actions from justice they are as morally adrift as the supposed culprit, making decisions based on whim and emotion.
You Know Somebody
Most people reading this know at least one person who has been lynched by the cops and an employer for some action that was improper and which showed poor judgement.
Often young and often impaired by drink or weed or both they engaged in some activity for which they are now paying a life-long penalty.
The specifics of how the Rice case is being handled show once again the price we all pay when employers act irrationally relying on political or public emotion as the basis for equity.