The Police are an arm of the State.
They are enforcers of Law.
As such, the People should always have the benefit of the doubt. This is part of the reason that we broke off from England.
What you seem to want is for the Police to be beyond reproach. You want obedience. Immediate acquiescence to Police Authority.
Is that the America which you really want?
A people who obey without thought. A people who are so cowed by authority that they think not at all and simply obey commands from perceived authority.
That sounds a lot like the Soviet Union or Saudi Arabia. That does not sound like America.
When the Police can do as they please and violate the Constitution with impunity, we are all slaves.
Already, the Fourth Amendment is all but meaningless.
Police enforce laws that are immoral and based on proven lies and propaganda.
If being anti-Police means that I question their word over that of the People of the United States, then, by all means, call me anti-Police. I will always be thus.
I am for Liberty.
Liberty is impossible without hard restraints on the State Police Forces.
Police already have Qualified Immunity. Police have Civil Asset Forfeiture. Police have Unions which make them unaccountable to the People.
This is not Liberty.
Police should always be accountable to the People. They should not be above the law.
I can’t believe that these beliefs are being espoused in America.
Ben Franklin said that it is better that 100 guilty men go free than One Innocent be imprisoned. American Police today seem to believe the opposite.
In America today, we have innocents in prison because our Justice system is stacked against the Citizen. We have hundreds of thousands of Citizens in prison for nothing more than smoking a plant.
This is not Liberty. This is tyranny.
Police should always be questioned for they are an arm of the State. Traditionally, they are one of the first organizations of the State to be used AGAINST the people.
And do not say that you would not allow this to happen because it has and is occurring as I type this.
The War On Drugs is nothing more than a War on Liberty. It was conceived as such and it will always be so. When Nixon put the American Drug Policy and created the forerunner to the DEA, he did so to target his enemies on the Left whom he characterized as “hippies, niggers and spics.”
That is the origin of drug prohibition. The marijuana policy of the Federal Government was created on a foundation of lies. Lies that have been exposed to the light of day and still the Police want to prosecute this lunatic war on a plant that grows wild in nature.
This is one of the few areas on which I can agree with Obama. The American Police are out of control. Most enforcement of law is centered on revenue raising. Police aren’t out there protecting and serving the people. They are raising revenue for the State. They are raising revenue to pay their salaries and to fund all of the cool toys of war that they now use against the People of the United States of America.
Murders go unsolved so that Police can waste millions of dollars burning marijuana plants and arrest 16 year olds for possession of a few ounces of weed.
Police in America should be ashamed of themselves.
|Benjamin Franklin (1706–90)|
|QUOTATION:||That it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer, is a Maxim that has been long and generally approved.|
|ATTRIBUTION:||BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, letter to Benjamin Vaughan, March 14, 1785.—The Writings of Benjamin Franklin, ed. Albert H. Smyth, vol. 9, p. 293 (1906).
He was echoing Voltaire, “that generous Maxim, that ’tis much more Prudence to acquit two Persons, tho’ actually guilty, than to pass Sentence of Condemnation on one that is virtuous and innocent.—Zadig, chapter 6, p. 53 (1749, reprinted 1974).
Sir William Blackstone, in his Commentaries on the Laws of England, 9th ed., book 4, chapter 27, p. 358 (1783, reprinted 1978), says, “For the law holds, that it is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.”