As awful as the Caylee Anthony case has turned out to be, and as despicable as Casey Anthony has shown herself to be, Orlando investigators have shown themselves to be unworthy of the motto “to serve and protect.” A couple of problems I have noticed.
First, the event that they staged when they rearrested her, allowing protestors and media to gather outside the families home, when her attorney had already offered to bring her in, was downright malicious. These cops wanted to be on prime time TV doing the “perp walk” with her. They are also apparently enjoying the media pressure that is being put on the family.
Now I could care less about what happens to Casey Anthony, because I am not her attorney and I believe she is guilty of something which led to the death of her child. But the rest of the family – at least her parents – are guilty of nothing. Their lives have been turned upside down. Could you imagine how horrible this must all be for them?
Secondly, these Orlando authorities are allowing protestors to stand on the sidewalk outside the Anthony house – and outside their neighbors’ homes – day and night. These protestors have shown themselves to be violent and disruptive. They are harassing and attacking her family, as well as the neighbors. These cops are maliciously allowing these protestors, and the media, to abuse her family. The purpose is clear: they want to put pressure on Casey Anthony to confess to everything she knows. Putting pressure on her is fine. But allowing her innocent family members to be attacked and abused is wrong. This reminds me of the tactics used by investigators that were exhibited in Gerry Spence’s “Smoking Gun,” where investigators charged the suspects’ young son with the murder that his mother was also charged with – the goal being to pressure the mother to relent and confess to save her son.
Not only are these Orlando cops abusing the family, but they are allowing the entire neighborhood to be abused. What possible justification is there for allowing disruptive protestors to remain in a residential subdivision? Is it not their job to keep the peace? Is it not their job to protect Caylee Anthony’s grandparents from wild-eyed, crazed protestors screaming at them and trying to pick fights with them? Does anyone deserve to suffer through this in their own driveway?
– John H. Bryan, West Virginia Attorney.