Marion Barry Jr, the only son of notorious DC mayor Marion Barry, died early Sunday of an apparent drug overdose. The younger Barry, 36, failed in his bid for a political career and recently lost his father’s home when he could not make mortgage payments. As a young police officer I arrested Barry Sr before his political career for carrying a pistol during a riot. Later I had him standing outside his office door at a ‘community activist organization’ when a colleague suspected of being a police informant was tortured to death by members of his staff. (the community organization closed a few months later when the federal government found 13 million dollars in grant money missing). I could go on.
“The sins of the father are to be laid upon the children.” William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice