1. Do something, blame someone…In Plano, Texas, police have charged Lindsey Glass with violating a law making it a misdemeanor to negligently sell alcohol to a “habitual drunkard or an intoxicated or insane person,.” It seems she served Spencer Hight two gins, two beers and a shot of alcohol during two visits to the bar where she was working in September 2017, before Hight killed Meredith Hight and seven other people. After police officers shot and killed him, an autopsy found that Hight’s blood alcohol level was about four times the legal limit. The arrest affidavit said surveillance video shows that Hight was unsteady, spun a “big knife on the bar,” and could be seen “pulling out a gun” from his waistband.
It’s a terrible charge, and an unethical prosecution. Glass texted a co-worker, another bartender, saying that Hight had been spinning the knife and told her had had to go “do some dirty work.” A report by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said that the other bartender had called an owner of the bar, who instructed that police should not be called. Glass was so concerned that followed Hight to his ex-wife’s home and then called 911, according to local station Fox 4.
A lawyer for Glass emphasized that his client had called 911 and said she had been commended by police. “It is shameful of the Plano Police Department to go after the person who was vital in trying to stop the horrific events of that evening,” he told Fox 4 and NBC in a statement. Exactly right. Police, spurred by public anger and frustration, want to find someone to blame. The fact that the drunk went off and killed eight people is pure moral luck. It seems that the bartender went above and beyond her civic duty, at some personal risk, to follow Hight. She was originally commended by police for her actions. [Pointer: ABA Journal]