Did I just hear and see what I think I did?
A recent Live Leak cell phone video demonstrates an officer schooling another cop about citizen rights and personal liberty.
The only thing we know so far is that it happened on the 4th of July, where police are gathered in the street over something to do with fireworks. He wants the others to leave someone and their home alone. Perhaps the situation was so asinine and in need of no force, that one officer just couldn’t take it anymore.
He did not hold back. “There’s an oath I swore to…so don’t freakin’ mess with these citizens, you understand me?”
Unfortunately for Americans – or I should say North Americans and the UK – there is a bent against the average citizen in a sort of “Us vs Them” mentality among law enforcement. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Concepts like “no such thing as excessive force” and civil asset forfeiture taught to young, new law enforcement do not help.
And it doesn’t help that cops who either break the code of silence or defend the safety of individuals in question end up fired or shunned.
That’s why I wish we knew more about this situation and could offer some positive feedback and encouragement to all the officers present that it is good to be free from harassment and abuse where no violent offense has taken place.
The irony of this happening on the 4th of July is not lost, here – but let’s hope it wasn’t just a one-time Independence Day speech! This could be a positive trend, however, as one former officer recently let rip a Twitter rant about corruption in law enforcement that he personally witnessed.
Constitutional and Jury Rights handbooks to give to your local police if you dare – or you can start with other people in your town first and maybe everyone can make better demands.
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