by Emmett R Smith
The Free Press editors are to be commended indeed for their forthright recent editorial, decrying undue secretiveness by public officials at any level of public service whatsoever, and insisting above all on police accountability at every point of the compass:
They are especially right to cite the more-and-more irresponsible and ever-increasingly-unethical delay for so long, in releasing all of the records to us, the public, in connection with the killing of Mr Jeffrey Skjervold in rural Amboy in December, 2006. After all, when the Mankato police shot and killed another mentally distraught person now in the new year of 2008, not two months ago, they were right off the dime with the facts right away. And yet as the Free Press editors make clear now, we are still waiting to find out about the Mr Skjervold matter.
We are still waiting after fourteen months, and the grotesque egregious smokescreen of a presumptuous maneuver by the local bench, against the confidentiality of a reporter’s news-sources.
Obviously something is amiss.
Surely by now it should be obvious that something went badly wrong in the Mr Skjervold surrender-process.
How can the fact any longer be disguised that Mr Jeffery Skjervold did not need to die in December, 2006?
Who erred that night?
Who errs now? and not “on the side of disclosing information the public [has] an interest in” — and, still worse if that be possible, who errs further? in the endless delay of the release of all of the the facts that are all all of our business and that we all are all entitled to have all of in all of their utter entirety?
At a time when as never before there are so many factors at work, economic and political, to militate at every point of the compass against any civic courage whatsoever in any quarter any longer in the public arena anywhere, it is important for us all to say thank you! to the Mankato Free Press.
[Emmett R Smith all rights reserved 22 February 2008]