Due Process Matters

To assert that there must be due process of law before the state exacts punishment was, seemingly until moments ago, to assert a principle so foundational to the requirements of a free, prosperous society as to be humdrum. Now, to make such a statement is a firing offense. The city manager of Brooklyn Center, on the outskirts of Minneapolis, has learned this the hard way.

The town was aflame, as is now the social-justice ritual, after an unimaginable tragedy. At about 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 11, the local police pulled over Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man, based on what

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