- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 13, 2008


The clamoring cries for “justice” in the death of Prince George’s County jail inmate Ronnie L. White should be tempered with a patient recognition of the fact that an investigation is under way (“Jail guards stay on job in absence of charges,” Metro, Tuesday). Answers may not surface as quickly as desired.

The events surrounding the death of Prince George’s County Police Cpl. and county volunteer firefighter Richard S. Findley, reportedly due to the actions of Mr. White, and the subsequent death of Mr. White, certainly are a tragic and senseless outcome.

Cpl. Findley was a valued public servant and extremely dedicated to his roles in the police and fire departments, as well as a family man. Highly regarded by his colleagues and recognized for his unwavering professional commitment and dedication, he certainly did not deserve to lose his life in the horrific manner he did. On the other hand, despite the high running tide of emotional furor concerning these terrible turns of events, Mr. White, the purported perpetrator in Cpl. Findley’s death, also deserved due process according to the law.

Nothing is to be gained, at this point, by various factions in the community acrimoniously pointing fingers and angrily placing blame merely to appease high-pitched emotions. Everyone needs to bide their time to allow the process to run its course. Only then do we ensure that innocent people are not drawn into a pool of blame. That could result in an even worse quagmire.


Adjunct professor

Department of Criminal


George Mason University


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