OPINION: Policing When Politicians Are Limiting Constitutional Rights

by americaskeepersinc on April 11, 2020

Post by Ray Dietrich, CEO America’s Keepers Inc .

As we as a country wrangle with a new threat, a virus, and of course we want to keep everyone’s health and safety as the focus…. BUT, (always a but, right) let’s not make it at the expense of the very freedoms we all enjoy in this country.

After twenty years in law enforcement, and after being part of a multi-generational law enforcement family, you won’t catch me criticizing police very often. The reason I am sharing my thoughts now is because being a patriot comes before being a policeman.

Every peace officer in this county swore an oath when they became an officer. The oath is to the Constitution of the United States, not to a Mayor or Governor. Here’s what mine looked like:

PEACE OFFICER OATH OF OFFICE: “I, ______________________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter…”

Notice it does not say: “In case of pandemic, this oath no longer applies”

Before you think I am overreacting, watch this clip from the Philadelphia Police Department, removing a man from a bus because HE WASN’T WEARING A MASK. Interestingly enough, at least one of the officers was not either…

Is this the America we signed up for? Nope. Is it the Philadelphia Mayor or Chief of Police in there doing the dirty work on the bus and catching lawsuits after the fact? Nope. It’s just the police. Do you think the politicians will have their back when this is all over? Nope.

Quarantines are legal. They can be ordered for those who are either sick or who have been exposed to those who are sick. The interesting thing about the law and Quarantines is that a Judge needs to sign off on it. These are not legal quarantines you are seeing in the United States currently.

Stay at home suggestions are great, my family is doing it and I recommend you do it as well. Thats not the issue here. American’s still are protected by rights and we just can’t change them overnight to suit what politicians think is needed, especially when their models are changing every day. Look at the damage to the economy as well as the damage to our freedoms that have already occurred.

Using force to enforce Stay At Home or Lock Down “Orders” is absolutely crazy. Writing $1,000 citations to Americans not wearing a mask over their face is absolutely crazy. Stopping vehicles with out of state plates or holding checkpoints at states and counties is absolutely crazy.

I predict the amount of legal fallout after this is over will solidify our constitutional protections even further. Until then, I URGE current law enforcement officers to use critical thinking and judgement when enforcing illegal knee-jerk “orders” from Governors, Mayors, Police Chiefs, and Sheriffs. The fact is, YOU are the one infringing rights and you need to stand up for the oath you swore to. If you are asked to execute an illegal, unconstitutional order, refuse. It’s the right thing to do.

Check out Mike the Cop’s thoughts on this same subject:

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