Update: After consultation with the author, I’ve changed the headline to more accurately reflect what happened here. Is the meaning different in this context? No. By telling the public that it was the lawful display, and not the unlawful vandalism of it, that “crossed the line,” Ken Reid gave his tacit endorsement to anyone who is offended by a future display to take the law into their own hands. Knowing that other displays would be going up in the near future, and knowing that angry citizens have already made their feelings about those displays known, his statement ‘calls for’ mob rule in all but the most narrow, legalistic sense. However, the term justified makes the same point without being needlessly hyperbolic. -Epl
If Supervisor elect Ken Reid’s comments to Darcy Spencer of NBC 4 portend anything, it’s that the rule of law is dead:
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What other conclusion can we reach? The BoS established rules for the displays. The santa display satisfied the rules. A woman lawlessly destroyed the display, and Ken Reid’s response was:
“that somebody in this county who would try to basically debase Christmas like this. This really crossed the line.”
Really Ken? We get it. You don’t personally like the display, but what crossed the line was the vandalism. That was a crime and your words were nothing short of a call for lawlessness and mob rule.