Wasting Police Resources

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The news broke Friday that the Patriot's owner Robert Kraft was charged with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution. There are reportedly hundreds of arrest warrants - and some reports say Kraft is not even the most well-known person entangled. News reports have all the elements - sex, money, stakeout - allegedly even videotape.

My take? Legalize it!

In a world where men and women swipe right for companionship and send nude selfies before showing off the real thing, surely an exchange of money for sex between consenting adults is not an abhorrent suggestion.

Like pot, prostitution should be legal, cleaned up, and regulated, so those working in the industry are healthy and being paid fairly. Of course, no woman should be forced into this line of work, and anyone who would attempt to make them indentured servants should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

But not a 77-year-old guy who lost his wife of 48 years.

As it is, and as I tweeted:

Arrest of #RobertKraft ....biggest waste of police resources since @JussieSmollett "hoax"

It represents the largest waste of resources since Jussie Smollett.

I was in Chicago on Thursday, the morning after Jussie Smollett was charged with disorderly conduct - a felony – for filing a false police report.

That was the lead story on the front page – above the fold – of the Chicago Tribune. That was bad timing for USA Today and the rest of us.

Because that was the same day USA Today published the result of a lengthy investigation piece examining 900 college yearbooks across the country.

This nationwide review involved 78 reporters across 25 states.

Reporters collected more than 200 examples of offensive or racist material, from public universities in the South to Ivy Leagues in the Northeast to liberal arts boutique and Division 1 powerhouses.

The analysis proved something I posited recently, that there is nothing unique about Virginia when it comes to blackface.

The editor of USA Today herself needed to apologize when her involvement in the 1988-89 yearbook at Arizona State University – which she was involved in publishing – was revealed to include a photograph of two people at a Halloween party dressed as Mike Tyson and Robin Givens, in black makeup.

The USA Today investigative work should have dominated conversation on Thursday. You'd think the documentation of widespread racist images would be a time for national dialogue. But it wasn't. Because all the oxygen in the room was taken out by Jussie Smollett's alleged hoax.

That's the damage he inflicted.

If the Chicago police are correct and he made it up, his victims are people of color and gays who are the actual target of hate crimes.

He robbed us all of the opportunity for reflection like that which USA Today sought to provide, even to the detriment of its own editor.