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Originally posted by whitewave
reply to post by jackinthebox
In light of your own recent events with the police FORCE, I would think you might be more tolerant and understanding of a citizens' right to not be manhandled.
Even if all the points made in favor of the cop behaving with force on behalf of the school were legitimate legally (and I don't agree that they are), jurors have the right and the responsibility to not just judge issues of law but to judge the intent of the law. In other words, it may be against the law to possess some specific herb and you will be busted if you're caught with said herb in your possession; however, a jury may still find you "not guilty" just because those 12 jurors think that possessing said herb is a stupid law.
We all need to start exercising that right and quit avoiding jury duty. If you get called to sit in on a case like this and you disagree with the REASON he was busted then vote your conscience whether it's "against the law" or not.
There was a time in Nazi Germany when it was against the law to harbor and give aid to Jews. Did that make the law right? Just because something is legal doesn't mean it's lawful or right.
Originally posted by Grafilthy
I have questions about the cop being OFF DUTY.
Does this have any type of implications of assault by grabbing this man???
Even if he did break a "rule"....not a law?
I would have knocked the guy on his a$$ if he did not have a visible badge and uniform.
Now there's a clue! An off duty cop paid by the school to enforce a non-law.
We can go further an argue that even if he was taping, it was not unlawful. It could be considered a breech of contract law, but even that would be questionable since he was NOT party to the contract.
2. A cop way overstepped his bounds and should be called to task on it.
Let's say that the off-duty had been the one to muscle him around and the dad had hauled off and decked him. Obviously it's assault, but assault of what, exactly? It can't be considered assault of a police officer, even though I'm certain they'd have sought that charge, because the cop can't be recieveing compensation from one party and working in that party's direct interest while also wearing the badge UNLESS there's a clear public danger, felony, or gross misdemeanor.