I have always felt it is our job here at Salisbury News to deliver news and information, many times you more than likely will not see in the local Main Stream Media.
Once we deliver such news and information Salisbury News then allows YOU the public to agree or disagree while doing so through comments.
When it comes to this highly followed topic with the SPD & SU, we have delivered what we know, documents and even video evidence. We/You are not the Judge and Jury. I see questionable actions of both the Students as well as the Officers. I understand the position of the Police and I also understand the Students.
"Two Wrongs Do Not Make A Right". That being said, here's what I suggest.
During orientation at SU, I believe it should be mandatory that every Student be placed in an auditorium to watch these videos. I believe the SPD, WCSO and the SU Police be present with representatives who address ALL Students welcoming them to Salisbury and Wicomico County. Express to them with sincerity that we want to assure your safety as well as our own.
The following video will show a particular situation where a crowd of Students were out having a good time when things got out of control, something we will not tolerate. When an order is given, we will respect YOU as much as you respect US. We want you to enjoy the experience of your education and your time in Salisbury but we cannot take the risk of certain situations possibly getting out of control.
Once these Students see the video they will clearly know throughout their time in Salisbury what Law Enforcement will and won't tolerate. END OF STORY.
Officers can then go out into the crowd and introduce themselves. They can hand out business cards and say, if you ever need us please don't hesitate to call. Law Enforcement can open a welcoming dialogue and IF Students refuse to respect their orders and or authority, NO ONE can come back and claim Cops are Kops.
It would be nice if our States Attorney, Police Chief and those charged could use this as a form of mediation. Either way, my hope is that the University will consider this as a proactive way to assure peace in the future.