This is the statement of Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik that Jon Kyl can’t abide. Kyl thinks that his statement was “inappropriate for a law enforcement briefing”.
Dupnik made no direct connection between hateful rhetoric and the shooter. But he did reference the climate of hatred that’s been stirred up in Arizona. The broken windows, the death threats and all the other awful stuff that happens in this environment of hate takes time away from more productive law enforcement work. And, even though this particular unstable individual may have been influenced by his own brain chemistry more than any other factor, there are many other unstable individuals who may act against those who they’re told are less than human. So, it’s completely appropriate for Dupnik to speak to the climate of hatred in Arizona, and his eloquence during this clearly emotional, off-the-cuff statement is remarkable.