People should stop harassing the Police
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 7, 2013 22:10
Citizens have many rights. They can openly carry their gun in many public places. The police need a warrant before they search them. They can freely and non-violently assemble.
But as citizens they should stop being so pompous about it.
While I applaud people exercising their rights, the unsung story is the harassment many good police officers endure. While it is true that police sometimes harass citizens, they harass police right back.
The current crux of police-civilian conflict involves the Second Amendment. People openly carry guns and the police ask for identification. People film the police and then talk about their rights. In many cases, people are carrying guns for the purpose of testing the police on their knowledge of state open carry laws.
The police in Maine were called to investigate a person carrying a gun walking down the street. While this is in itself a perfectly legal activity, it understandably made community members nervous enough to call the police to report it.
When the police officer proceeded to ask him for identification, he spouted off a volley of legal jargon and Supreme Court cases. He refused to be searched, asked what crime he was committing, and refused to cooperate.
Most people have taken this case to be a celebration of the Bill of Rights. All I see is a self-righteous, rude and entitled man who wants to show off how smart he thinks he is by wasting the time and energy of a well-intentioned police officer. I wish every U.S. citizen knew their rights as well as this guy, but I hope none of them choose to conduct themselves in his manner.
Everyday, police officers get up, patrol the streets and attempting to keep the peace and make their communities a better place. If they ask for something harmless (a driver’s license for example), just satisfy the officer’s request or risk making them even more suspicious than normal. These guys are just doing their jobs.
If you are being directly harmed or discriminated against, throw out case law and your rights all you like.
This isn’t something you usually read about in the newspaper because it is normal. If there is a police officer harassing you for no reason, or using tear gas on you, then by all means, film it and demand your rights. Short of that, show the police the decency you should show any other human being.