Stephanie Zarriello, publisher of the Texas weekly newspaper the San Antonio Observer, announced her intention to publish the names and addresses of all local police officers in an attempt to, “protect the public from their wicked behavior.”
Zarriello’s decision comes in the wake of public controversy over the shooting death of Antonio Scott, 36, by San Antonio police.
Scott had been wanted for outstanding felony warrants when officers confronted him exiting his vehicle on February 4. When officers ordered to him show them his hands he allegedly spun around and was shot by an officer.
Scott was determined to be unarmed and holding a cell phone at the time of the shooting.
Although an investigation into the shooting is still underway, Zarriello likened the police to members of the KKK in their efforts to protect their own and to sex offenders in their danger to public safety.
“Like Ku Klux Klansman with hoods, [officers] do everything they can in order to protect their identities for fear of being brought to justice,” Zarriello said.
She continued, “Just as the names and addresses of sex offenders are publicized in order to protect the public from their wicked behavior, we feel that our community has the right to the exact same level of protection.”
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