From Billy Beck:
This is not good:
Back in February, Ithaca Police officers Tase and then shoot dead a "drug suspect" in a convenience store parking lot. This is an ugly case in Ithaca. All officers cleared of wrong in the matter. Some of the weed-level buzz among townies is that while the dead man was a known dealer, the operation was a goof: his van didn't start moving until they Tased him, which happened because it was in gear. Nobody is happy about any of this.
Early last Sunday morning, the house of one of the officers burns down. It's now ruled an arson.
I would not believe for a minute that anyone involved in this is politically sophisticated enough to think this through, and I'm just telling you: this is not what anyone needs.