I have to say threads like this really point to the hypocrisy of ATS. Whenever an LEO abuses their power members use it as an excuse to condemn all
LEOs. Yet whenever we have posts regarding gun violence members are quick to point out that this was an act committed by a single gun owner. Now I'm
not defending the alleged actions of this Chief. If he did what was claimed then he deserves to be strung up. However, if you want to use him as an
example for all LEOs then you should also use someone like Charles Whitman as an example for all Gun owners.
The fact that you are unable to differentiate between the two is troubling.
Gun owners are not a group of people. They are normal people, anybody.
Police are a group of uniformed people under a common rule and set of laws and practices. The government funds and defends them. WE fund them,
We don't fund gun owners. Gun owners do not work for us. Gun owners enjoy full rights as a citizen of this country. A police officer, when under
official capacity, does not enjoy these rights. They are ONLY allowed to act within the confines on their duty and constitution of this country while
working under official capacity.
We are forced to bow to the authority of the police. We have no defense against the police. If the police are raping you, you HAVE to take it. You
fight back you die. If the police are stealing from you, you HAVE to take it, you fight back you die.
A person working as an agent of the government should have their power and rights restricted as much as possible, unless good evidence is proven as to
why they need to be granted a power.
A normal civilian should have their power and rights respected as much as possible, unless good evidence is proven as to why those rights should be
THAT is the difference. A cop is NOT a normal person wandering the streets. They are an agent of the government, are required to follow a strict set
Governments get charged with human rights abuses. Police get charged with human rights abuses.
Civilians get charged with murder, theft, illegal detention, etc.
If I kidnap someone I don't get charged with violating someone's rights to due process. I get charged with kidnapping. If the cops kidnap you
(arrest you) wrongly they get charged with violating your due process, not kidnapping you.
Citizens should be given the benefit of the doubt, officials should be assumed guilty and forced to prove innocence. That is the only way to keep
those with power honest and accountable to the people.