Law and Order: Special Welder’s Unit

“Now on this July morning, the jury was going to meet the person responsible for catching this cop. The prosecutor stood up. “The state calls Eric Schmutte,” she said.
The courtroom doors opened. But no detective walked in. Instead, there was a man in a polo shirt. His dreadlocks were tucked into a ponytail. After raising his right hand and swearing to tell the truth, Schmutte, a 35-year-old welder, began to explain why he was there.” We know people like to listen to and watch crime shows. Now they’re participating in them. WaPo (Gift Article): How vigilante ‘predator catchers’ are infiltrating the criminal justice system.

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