Originally posted by ZindoDooneYou are incorrect in your perceptions on protect and serve and who that might be:
Protect and serve
While it is true that it is a fundamental principle in our model of law that a government and its agents are under no general duty (and therefore no
legal liability) to provide public services to any particular citizen... but rather serve to benefit the community at large, it is contrary to the
public interest when one specific individual's civil liberties are violated.
The original purpose of our government and laws were to protect the inalienable rights of each citizen from those who are bigger, more powerful,
stronger, richer, etc. from taking those away. So long as one individual is denied these inalienable rights then no citizen in our country can be
considered free. Freedom is for all, and when but one person is denied Freedom then Freedom fails.
When the government or any of its agents are charged with providing service to the public to serve and protect the community at large routinely
neglect that charge against numerous individuals then they have failed to provide that service they are charged to perform in the public interest.
Does the common person, or even society on a whole, feel any safer having Law Enforcement supposedly protecting their better interests when events
like this occur on a daily basis? Is Law Enforcement serving the public interest when "Don't Tase me bro!" becomes so commonplace that it finds
it's way into the English language?
Although under our current legal system this officer may not be legally liable for his actions as a Law Enforcement Officer, as it is not the duty of
Law Enforcement to provide service to any particular citizen, it doesn't change the fact that his actions were contrary to the public interest, and
that his abuse of power was negligent and should not be tolerated.
Just as our government only has the powers and authority that we the people give to them, the same goes for Law Enforcement. When we the people no
longer feel that our interests are being served by Law Enforcement then we have the right to either demand reform or we have the right to have those
interests served in other ways or by someone else.
One individual does not have the right to make these demands upon Law Enforcement, but many individuals do.
Just as when one has a dog that gets old and crank and bites anyone who gets near them, you have a choice of either putting that dog down to rest,
letting them live and deal with the consequences when they bite someone, or you get another dog that isn't going to bite without reason. The
situation we face in our society, in regards to Law Enforcement is exactly the same. Do we put Law Enforcement out of its misery and put it to sleep
lest it continue to hurt innocent people, or should we just let it continue and deal with it when they hurt innocent people on a daily basis, or do we
look into getting a better behaved Law Enforcement.
[edit on 10-7-2009 by fraterormus]