Shuck and Jive

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Police Arrest 40 in Sex Sting

This article is on the front page of today's Johnson City Press. Local police ran a sting on men who intended to engage in sex in two city parks. Their names, addresses, and photos were published in the paper. Two were singled out as higher profile citizens.

I don't know what to think about it. Obviously, sexual activity in public places is illegal. These are public parks that need to be safe for all people. As the police chief said:
“Our parks are for family use. People should not be exposed to this while they are out there with their family or trying to enjoy the walking trails,” said Johnson City Police Chief John Lowry. “They are not built nor maintained for sexual activity, be it homosexual activity or heterosexual activity.”
Yet the public shaming seems excessive to me. The article stated:
"According to officials, all of the cases will be 'vigorously' prosecuted."
One would hope that the officials would be as vigorous in prosecuting hate crimes and discrimination against homosexuals.

What do you think?