I think we all dreadfully expected a few ill-mannered and chronically bitter political opportunists to turn our day of crisis into a platform for misplaced blame and immature calculations about our society based on the crazed cowardice of one evil man in the Tucson massacre. However, I believe that few, if any of us, thought that such repugnant words would come from the man designated to oversee this investigation and represent our state in this time of mourning. Setting fire to any credibility he once had, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik wasted no time or police investigational resources in coming to his exceedingly absent-minded conclusion that this event was the result of talk radio and some television programs. He went on to say that Arizona has become the "capital" or the "Mecca for prejudice and bigotry" and that the United States needs to do some "soul searching."
And so, in a time of mourning and coming together for our community, Sheriff Dupnik thought it wise to fire off a thinly-veiled attack against what can only be Fox News, tea-partiers and conservative talk radio. In several interviews, Sheriff Dupnik callously and childishly chose to instantly re-polarize our community and at least partially discredit what ought to be the most serious and politically-neutral of all police investigations. We have no idea what caused this person to open fire on our beloved servants and neighbors, but the absolute last thing we need at this moment are moronic statements from the man in charge of bringing the ultimate justice to bear on all those responsible for Saturday's actions. Sheriff Dupnik should not hesitate to remove himself from this investigation and step down as sheriff, for it has become clear that he is incapable of even the most elementary level of shame or respect for the mourning process. Our thoughts and prayers are with the fallen and the wounded.
Dan Jones, Phoenix