a reply to: bigfatfurrytexan
I really appreciate that
yes I was a LEO for 30 years, but it was during an entirely different time for our country. Happily retired now though,
spending plenty of time with the family and out shooting on our land almost every day now
Things are so different today, I do not even think most would recognize it (like night and day). One of the links I came across showed militarized
units kicking in a door over some very insignificant drug use allegations. I'm not personally a fan of drug use, but for anyone to believe it rises to
the level of a public safety threat/swat raid is just..wrong. Very worrying, especially considering this particular substance's legality in a decent
number of states.
I dealt with drug possession about as often as any other offense, and I personally felt that destroying the contraband was punishment enough for a
vast majority of cases. The thought that a warrant should (or even could) be obtained for a later search of that individual's home wasn't something
that even crossed my mind.
Another thing I recall was fist fights between two or more people. Since it is a misdemeanor here, we were unable to actually cite or arrest someone
for battery or assault unless we happened to witness the fight. So usually by time you explain to all participants that they'd actually have to arrest
one another, they had lost interest and settled the matter by shaking hands and parting ways. There are so many things that can be dealt with through
common sense and adult discussion, rarely needing to create a mess by involving the legal system
I admit I had never taken a truly critical look at the laws, and especially not who they affected. I always assumed (falsely may I add) that laws
impacted everyone the same way, and I learned they clearly do not. Justice is supposed to be "blind" but it seems the exact opposite is the case.
The number of "crimes" considered felony level conduct is extremely unsettling as well. Given the ease by which many of these so-called felony
offenses can be committed, it seems like a very convenient way to restrict civil rights of the people subject to those laws. I support each amendment
in the BOR, and believe every single person in our country deserves those protections.
I think that people like you who bring attention to this mess is the only way out of it. Until more people start standing up to demand true reform,
out of control laws will continue to impact those who are most vulnerable to civil rights abuses. In my humble opinion, any law which is created with
a specific group of people/activity in mind cannot claim to be "blind"
Thanks again for the kind words, and I sincerely appreciate the enlightening discussion
edit on 11/17/2017 by JBurns because: (no reason given)