There was a piece to a National Review article that I saw on Ace's page that touched on the idea that the protesters and inciters in Ferguson have some level of culpability in the shooting of the two officers outside of police headquarters there. And it's an article worthy of reading. But I think both Ace and the author (Andrew McCarthy) missed a salient point. While the usual suspects in Ferguson are complaining about being tarred with the brush of the shooter (just as they did with regards to the ambush assassination in New York City), they have no problem tarring all officers in those police departments with collective guilt. We hear about "command climate" and "institutional racism" and all manner of reasons why the entire structure is corrupt. And yet when someone from within their ranks (quite literally) shoots a cop, suddenly it's "bad actors" and "we had nothing to do with it".
So which is it? Is everyone on both sides culpable for the actions of "bad actors" from within their ranks, or are we to judge individuals on their own merits and faults? Because I have no stomach for the hypocrisy of either side claiming that they should be held to different standards. Last time I checked, we have a system where everyone is equal before the law.