Over the past two weeks, while I have taken a break from this blog, I have discovered videos on YouTube that have made me sick to my stomach. Specifically, I am referring to police abuse, police brutality. I have seen police attack an 84 year old man for making a citizens arrest. I have seen police bully, threaten and actually break the law they are sworn to uphold. They give lip service to our constitutional rights. The one that is broke most often is the 4th Amendment. This amendment clearly states, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers,
and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be
violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause,
supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place
to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." Police officers, on a daily basis, willfully and maliciously violate this law of the land. When a police officer asks if he can search your car, most people say yes. They have no right, none, to search your car without you waiving your 4th Amendment right. In some videos, officers have been caught planting evidence in an effort to arrest someone who is quite possibly innocent. Do yourself a favor and go to YouTube. You will be shocked, I promise you. I have learned a lot over the past two weeks of what is taking place in this country.
One of the things that really set police officers off is the video cam. Most cops will tell you to turn off the video cam. But, they have no right to do this. In a U.S. Supreme Court decision, it was determined that public servants (such as law enforcement) have no reasonable expectation of privacy while performing their duties in a public setting. Even if they are on private property, they still have no expectation of privacy. Since the Rodney King incident, people have been video taping police officers constantly. My respect for law enforcement has taken a nosedive. I wish I could say this is a small percentage of police officers who violate the same laws they have taken an oath to uphold and enforce. Yet, no one violates the Bill of Rights more than police officers. I don't know if it is out of ignorance of the law (which is no excuse at all) or they willingly violate the law because they are cops. I have seen one cop reply they can do what they want because they are cops. I guess the U.S. Constitution does not exist in his world. These out of control cops are a danger to the public and the Bill of Rights of which this country is founded. I learned here in my hometown of Mobile, Alabama, the Mobile Police Department is ranked 19th out of the top 20 police departments known for police abuse. For a city of its size, that is a staggering bit of news. It's also quite alarming. Here is just ONE example. Click HERE. Thanks to the Aurora, Colorado cops violating the rights of everyone at the traffic light, this bank robber may now go free. It is completely inept work on behalf of these officers. But, this is far from the worst I have seen.
This will be a series on David's Musings. I am that horrified by what I have seen. There is no excuse for police to exceed their authority over our constitutional rights. I would like to believe this is only 1% or 10% of cops nationwide. But, I fear it is closer to 30% or even more. Too many men and women fought and died for us to have these rights. It is incumbent upon us to defend our rights. Either use them or lose them. Don't believe me? Then turn up your speakers or turn on your headphones and click HERE.
I've been all over the world, albeit many years ago as a young sailor in the U.S. Navy. Recovering divorcee, new in the world of blogging. I do a little computer maintenance on the side to make myself some extra money since my retirement from the federal work force. I'm now exploring the "writer" in me that wanted to come out when I graduated from high school. Alas, there was this war in Southeast Asia and...