Colorado Editorials

The Durango Herald: Hard cases make bad law

Author: The Durango Herald Editorial Board - August 14, 2018 - Updated: August 14, 2018

If the name Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi doesn’t ring a bell, that’s not the worst thing.

A week ago, several Colorado Springs police officers responded to shots fired downtown. They found an armed man, exchanged gunfire, and officer Cem Duzel and the gunman were both wounded.

Duzel, 30, was shot in the head. He’s in critical but stable condition. The gunman, Al Khammasi, 31, was hospitalized for his wounds and is expected to recover.

Days later, several Colorado news outlets reported that Al Khammasi is an immigrant from Iraq who came to the U.S. in 2012 after winning refugee status.

In itself, that is neither here nor there. What’s bad is shooting a police officer, whether you come from Syria or Peoria.Yet in a climate of anxiety about immigrants, when the president insinuates that they are all criminals, you don’t know where the next spark will fly.


The Durango Herald Editorial Board