You are walking down the street, minding your business. A citizen accosts you. He physically assaults you. You have every legal right to defend yourself. To attempt to ward off his assault, at the very least. And if, in the process, you happen to knock the bastard’s teeth out – that’s his problem, not yours. As the saying goes, he started it.
Legally, you are protected as there is no requirement in law – yet – that one must supinely accept being assaulted and sort it out after you’ve been assaulted through the courts. Not only may you defend yourself, you also have the option of filing charges and pursuing a civil case (or both) against the person who attacked you and if the assailant loses, he will be held personally liable – criminally as well as financially.
All the foregoing surely serves the healthy purpose of discouraging most people from wantonly assaulting other people. They may have the desire to throw a punch at you, but they are well-ware of the consequences of doing so. Including the possibility that their prospective victim might get the upper hand in a physical confrontation. Minimally, there is awareness that an ordinary person may not lash out violently at others with impunity.
Now consider the same scenarios – but instead of citizen v. citizen it is citizen v. cop. Citizen v. dirty cop. Like, for instance, the rapists-in-blue in Oklahoma. Or the trigger-itchy South Carolina enforcer of seatbelt laws – who shot a man (and could easily have killed him) for this “offense.”
In the case of the former, the women assaulted had no viable legal option to resist. Indeed, the rape-cops could have charged them with exactly that – resisting. And the courts would accept this at face value. Any time a citizen refuses to comply – regardless of the circumstances – it is presumed to be resisting, and a criminal offense all by itself.
In the case of itching-to-kill SC cop, had the seatbelt scofflaw seen the psycho cop draw his weapon in time to perhaps wrestle it away from him, he would almost certainly have found himself facing multiple felony charges. But the cop in this case has not even been charged with recklessly discharging a firearm.
It is unlawful to so much as hesitate when a cop barks an “order” at you. And heaven help you if you dare to physically resist a cop’s barked orders in any way – including stepping back or walking away from the cop. They have acquired carte blanche license to assault us at will – to almost any degree – over the pettiest infractions. See, for example, the video making the rounds of the Illinois cops dragging a man through the shattered window of his vehicle, then Tazering him into submission… over his girlfriend’s failure to buckle up for (cue irony meter) “safety.”
Now, there are two ways this extremely serious problem of running-amok cops could be dealt with short of the complete de-legitimization of “law enforcement” and all that portends (none of which is good – either for us, or for them).
* One, re-establish the right of self-defense –
Cops ought to have no more right to commit assault than ordinary citizens; indeed, when a cop does commit an assault under color of law, it ought to be treated with even greater severity. And no citizen should be required to submit to an assault, nor punished for having defended himself against an assault. We are lectured constantly about “equality.” Surely, equality before the law ought to apply to those who enforce the law? If we may not assault them – and if they may defend themselves when assaulted – then why mayn’t we? Are cops now a protected class endowed with special – superior – rights? If so, America is no longer a country governed by laws that apply to all but one of laws that apply to some – enforced by others.
* Two, personal accountability in cases of negligence or criminality –
If an ordinary citizen recklessly discharges a firearm (or drives recklessly and wrecks) and an innocent victim is harmed, he faces being held personally liable for the harm caused. This sensible policy ought to apply just as equally to cops as to anyone else. It is outrageous – and incredibly dangerous – to hand a man a weapon, a vehicle (and so on) and let him know that he will not be held personally responsible in the event he handles either negligently or criminally, causing harm or even loss of life. But this is the way it is.
Under the current regime, when a cop causes harm – including as the result of negligent or criminal conduct – the taxpayers are held up to pay for the damages. In effect, the victims are made to pay twice. Thrice, actually. First, they are forced to fund the “work” of those who abuse them. Then, they are abused. And finally, they are made to pay to compensate the victims of the abuse.
Imagine if the insurance policy you’re forced to buy “covered” your neighbor’s idiot teenage son. And that said idiot teen knew the very worst that would befall him if he drove his car recklessly and killed someone would be the loss of his car and perhaps his privilege to drive it – but that you’d be the one footing the bill for the mayhem he caused.
Yet this is the system currently in place for the costumed elite – who, not surprisingly, act out like idiot/entitled teenagers.
This has got to stop – or it will be stopped.
The sooner those in “law enforcement” are forced to abide by the same laws enforced on us, the sooner we’ll all pull back from a very scary precipice.
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