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Letter: A double standard of government overreach
First Published Aug 20 2014 04:23 pm • Last Updated Aug 20 2014 07:52 pm

Cliven Bundy had unsuccessfully argued his case in court for more than two decades, while racking up more than $1 million in unpaid grazing fees. However, when the Bureau of Land Management began rounding up Bundy’s cattle in March, many people viewed this as an abuse of power, and voiced their support for the armed militia men who rallied around Bundy and prevented the BLM from carrying out the court’s decision.

This week, people took to the streets in Ferguson, Mo., to protest the killing of an unarmed 18-year-old man by a police officer. At one point, the police force used tear gas and rubber bullets against the protesters.

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I find it interesting that many of the same people who opposed the BLM’s actions against Cliven Bundy are willing to give the Ferguson Police Department, and the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, the benefit of the doubt.

Why was the first case a troubling example of government overreach, but not the second?

Aaron Brickey

St. George

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