Columnist Dave Helling writes: Police and prosecutors criticize a “no snitching” approach from the public, but the silence may reflect a deep fear of authorities. Kansas City is not immune. Authorities repeatedly ask for community help to solve a violent crime — the recent shooting of a 6-year old is an example — then watch, with exasperation, as passers-by clam up.
Columnist Dave Helling writes: Police and prosecutors criticize a “no snitching” approach from the public, but the silence may reflect a deep fear of authorities. Kansas City is not immune. Authorities repeatedly ask for community help to solve a violent crime — the recent shooting of a 6-year old is an example — then watch, with exasperation, as passers-by clam up. File photo by DAVID EULITT The Kansas City Star
Columnist Dave Helling writes: Police and prosecutors criticize a “no snitching” approach from the public, but the silence may reflect a deep fear of authorities. Kansas City is not immune. Authorities repeatedly ask for community help to solve a violent crime — the recent shooting of a 6-year old is an example — then watch, with exasperation, as passers-by clam up. File photo by DAVID EULITT The Kansas City Star

Dave Helling: Public code of silence is deep, disturbing

December 01, 2014 03:02 PM

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