13 May 2007

KingCast footnote to the Franconia tragedy.

Obviously, as my earlier post on this tragedy indicates, police/citizen tensions are hardly limited to tensions between minorities and white police officers, although that was the focus of this letter I wrote to Nashua Chief Hefferan. Sadly, the Franconia situation was a powder keg that should have been addressed a long time ago.

Get out of New Hampshire and read this NYTimes story

Then consider this comment to the original post, which indirectly addresses the friction/broken jaw/coma issue raised by Mr. Kenney (and other area residents) on prior occasion:

"A closer look needs to be taken in the case of the death of both Liko Kenney and Bruce McKay. The young Kenney boy is not the only person this officer singled out and relentlessly harassed. He is being made out to be a hero and he most certainly is not. I am not saying he deserved to die by any means but this was far more than a routine traffic stop. McKay had increased his harassment of the Kenney boy in recent weeks as many people know......"

And another comment:

"I did just read about your prior case but am very tired and not sure I understood it all. I cannot sleep due to my anger and sorrow over this tragedy that need not have happened.

The Kenney/Miller family have never been notified of Liko's death or the circumstances involving it. They do not even know where his body is. The Police Department has made absolutely no contact with them whatsoever.

You would love the camp and all the people that come with it. It is an eclectic and interesting family - good hearted. "

And then yet another comment on the original post:

"Isn't it interesting (disturbing)how quickly the state of New Hampshire decided not to press any charges against the vigilante that murdered Liko. Rumors abound here in Franconia. So why has there been no statement released from Caleb who was a passenger in Liko's car and an obvious witness to this entire tradgedy. There has been hardly a mention of him in any media. From what I've "heard" his story didn't quite fit the "routine traffic stop" senerio. Nor did it corroborate the vigilante's story of the events...... Sounds like; a dead cop is a license to kill anyone in the vicinity. I just hope Liko's family files a wrongful death suit in civil court against this a-hole. Not for the money, FOR THE TRUTH!!!"

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As someone who has been on both "sides" of the law enforcement community I have some of the same concerns.

4 comments:

Christopher King said...

As noted, these are dangerous times to speak one's mind openly when your thoughts challenge the government.

But the more of us that speak our minds -- with sound logic and reasoning -- the greater the chance is that we craft a better society.

Or we get a smack down.

As Bruce Cockburn says, "You pay your money and you take your chance......"

Namaste.

-c

Christopher King said...

As noted, these are dangerous times to speak one's mind openly when your thoughts challenge the government.

But the more of us who speak our minds -- with sound logic and reasoning -- the greater the chance is that we craft a better society.

Or we get a smack down.

As Bruce Cockburn says, "You pay your money and you take your chance......"

Namaste.

-c

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"King is a philosophical orator."

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Anonymous said...

Liko You were my friend and you always will be. I will miss you so much. Everyone should know that Liko had spirit, that he was smart. He was full of life and courageous. His handshake was stronger than anyone else's. He was a genuine rebel who deeply understood personal liberty even if his judgement was poor. the New Hampshire Motto Live Free or Die is unfortunately morbidly applicable to Liko. It is on every license plate. I think he understood the motto and believed it. To say that it is a loaded phrase is an understatement. For Liko and few others in New Hampshire, "live free or die" is an obligatory virtue. An idea which at its core is the antithesis of tyranny. I think that he was acting in self-defense because he is not a malicious person. Liko had enthusiasm for all of life's adventures and his death is a huge loss. This was a tragedy. Liko, you were one of my favorite people on this earth. Rest in peace my brother. I pray for the healing and forgiveness for every family involved.

Anonymous said...

take a look at the Union Leader to see the kind of "hero" we have in Gregory Floyd!! He makes Liko Kenney look like a child in the sandbox.