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Re: “State Surgeon General Joe Thompson arrested

I cannot believe after reading this story, the comments being made blaming the security guard while missing some very important points. One of the highest paid public officials in Arkansas State Government is arrested one day before the celebration of Public Health Week in Arkansas. This is a week where all those people that work in Public Health and get little recognition, get some positive recognition. Rather than Public Health getting appropriate recognition, JT has stolen the show. Joe Thompson, in his role as Surgeon General, represents the people of the State of Arkansas at a National level. Don't you think that is a little embarrassing? Doesn't it bother you the Governor says, if convicted, I will have a little talk with him. JT and the Governor have already orchestrated their coordinated response which is "This is a private matter"? I would agree this was a private matter when he had a verbal altercation with the private security guard. I would agree it was a private matter when he got nose to nose with the LRPD Officer. I would agree that it was a private matter when he refused to comply with the Officers questions. I would agree that it was a private matter, when the police put him on the ground, cuffed him and put him in the back of a squad car. I would agree that it was a private matter up to the point when JT told the LRPD police officer, "he was the Surgeon General, and you have made a mistake, because I work for the Governor." I am sure LRPD doesn't care or shouldn't care who JT was or was not, the point being is his comment brought the Governor of the State into his "private matter". Whether he thinks it or not, he is a state employee and a public official and some would say that he should be held to a higher standard. I say, hold him to the same standard as the rest of us.

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Posted by Snowball1088 on 04/03/2012 at 7:26 PM

 

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