You can't blame a dad for being protective of his kid. You can, however, blame him for tackling an off-duty cop for taking photos of children at a Strawberry Festival.
Mark Dornan caught a man taking photos of his five-year-old daughter and decided that that wasn't kosher. So he chased him, tackled him and, after getting him to the ground, found his Colt Commander .45 tucked into his shorts. According to Garden Grove police, the photos found on the officer's camera were not pornographic. Mr. Dornan, however, feels otherwise.
Look, I get it. He's worried about his kid. He's worried about child abductors, pedophiles, serial killers, the possibility that someone will take away or hurt his daughter. I commend him for being a protective dad. If I had children (and be glad that I don't) I'd murder anyone who so much as laid a hand on them.
But, dude, not everybody at a festival taking pictures of kids is a perv. Some of them are what we like to call "photographers". They're people who take pictures just because they like to take pictures. Some of them are even photography students. That's how photo classes go. They tell you, "Go out and take pictures. Festivals are a great place to do it." I wonder how many photo students in the crowd were watching this exchange and trying to hide their cameras.
Then there's the unidentified cop. You let a civilian drop you and get hold of your gun. 'Nuff said.
And, of course, we have the sensationalistic nature of news reporting. There's a quote by Mr. Dornan on the web page.
"It must have been a pedophile's dream," Dornan said of the festival.Well, yeah. They tend to be. That's an unfortunate reality. You're just now figuring this out?
However, plastering this quote in large italics on the right side of the page, underneath a photo of some fresh, moist, tasty looking strawberries two photos down (and if that ain't Freudian, I don't know what is) and then using that quote to end the piece, seems a bit excessive.
I'm in no position to comment on the idea of responsible behavior or journalistic integrity. Not that I don't, I'm just in no position to. People die and I make jokes about it, for god's sake. But this sort of thing is up there with "Storm Watch 2007!!" whenever there's a slight drizzle in Los Angeles.
I think this whole thing can be summed up in the words of Garden Grove police Sgt. Jim Fischer. "Right now, this whole thing is getting blown way out of proportion."
Happy to do my part adding to the general hysteria, Sergeant. You're welcome.