One slogan Leftists have repeated following the death of George Floyd while in police custody is that “All Cops Are Bastards” or “ACAB” for short. That is, obviously, ridiculous, but there is no denying that there are some bad apples in many places. This includes even school resource officers, seemingly.
According to reports, an Ohio woman was tased and arrested on Wednesday for not wearing a mask during an outdoor eighth-grade football game.
Local news station WTAP-TV reported that the school resource officer “appears to use a taser on the parent, before placing her in handcuffs.”
Another woman, named Tiffany Lynn Kennedy, had recorded the incident on her phone. The parent was screaming at the officer who was trying to grab her, telling him “don’t touch me!” and “get off of me!” as the officer was attempting to place cuffs on her.
The woman taking the video comments, saying: “This is over a mask… I don’t think you can arrest her for not wearing a mask.” Well, seemingly, in backwards Ohio, under the idiot governor’s orders (first time Republican Governor Mike DeWine has honestly pissed me off so much), you can, indeed, face consequences for not wearing a mask, even when you are away from other people and outside.
No wonder the crowd booed the Lt. Governor of Ohio when he told a Trump rally crowd about the mask mandate. Mask mandates are unconstitutional, but even idiotic Republican governors, fearing the scorn of the fake news media, I suppose, will cave and take away people’s rights at the drop of a hat.
It is ridiculous and absolutely outrageous and both the governor and Lt. governor deserve to be either recalled or primaried the next time they are up for reelection over this disgraceful and unAmerican, not to mention ILLEGAL AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL, mask mandate.
As far as the officers who follow these illegal orders go, they deserve all the scorn in the world. In a time like today, when the Left is shouting that “all cops are bastards” and have no qualms whatsoever about them being shot and killed, officers across the country cannot afford to do things that would lose them support from people who most fervently support them.
Conservatives, freedom-loving Americans back the blue. We support law enforcement officers and believe they are the most unjustifiably maligned group in this country, where they have to sacrifice life and limb to protect communities who will shout and criticize them regardless of what they do. Even if they do every single thing right, and are justified in doing unsightly things (like firing back at Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, which tragically ended in the woman’s death and no one denies that it was tragic), they will be scorned and demanded that their heads be served up on a silver platter.
We believe this because we know that the job of a police officer is to protect and serve his or her community. But when an officer does something like this (and yes, the officer in question is a school resource officer, but I have seen actual police officers act like mini-gestapo against law-abiding citizens who don’t follow the governor’s “guidelines” which are unconstitutional), such an officer deserves every bit of the scorn that they receive.
When officers do the wrong thing, they ought to be criticized for it. Last month, I wrote about how police officers executed a man named Ryan Whitaker. I did not hold back in my scorn and criticism of the officer who killed him because that was nothing short of an execution. When SWAT officers shot and killed Daniel Shaver, that was an execution by a man (and I hesitate to call him that) mad with power. Those officers deserve all the scorn they received and more.
Likewise, officers who follow these illegal orders and arrest and even TASE law-abiding citizens who are made outlaws by communistic “health and safety guidelines” also deserve plenty of scorn.
Back in April, I wrote about the bravery of Michigan sheriffs who openly went against the governor’s executive orders regarding the arrest and fining of those who go against “stay-at-home” orders. If you remember, in that very article, I gave some examples of officers arresting joggers and Christians attending Easter services.
I noted that those sheriffs, rightly, did not turn their backs on the constitution. But when officers do turn their backs on the constitution and oblige with illegal orders given to them by the governor, that’s a massive problem and such officers deserve fierce criticism.
This is particularly asinine and outrageous following the months of “protests” where people very clearly have disregarded many of the same guidelines those very governors dictate other people must follow. Maybe the parent at that football game should have just said she was “peacefully protesting” and the officer (whose own mask eventually slipped down as he was making contact with the woman, defeating the purpose of the mask and the mandate) might have just let her be.
I don’t know, in this crazy world of ours where one group of people get to live by one set of rules and laws and another group of people have to abide by draconic orders and regulations, lest they be arrested, any such argumentation might seem valid.
Some officers will arrest you for attending church, but not for setting fire to one. They will arrest you for jogging alone in the street, but not for marching with a mob to call police “bastards” and inciting the death of “fascists”. They will arrest parents attending football games for not wearing a mask, but won’t arrest the people that assaulted Kyle Rittenhouse (and I know that that was in Wisconsin, not Ohio, but the point remains: there is a very clear double standard in how the law is being enforced).
As long as you are “protesting” police brutality, you can borderline literally spit in a police officer’s face and not much will happen to you. As long as you were a prominent Leftist politician, you can have a massive funeral gathering with few guidelines.
If you want to attend a religious gathering, go to the gym, eat at a restaurant, or simply go out for a walk, some officers will ensure that you have no ability to do any one of those things.
No, not all cops are bastards, but some cops are bastards when they do crap like this. They are supposed to protect and serve their communities, not criminalize people’s existence. We are law-abiding citizens until the government outlaws our lives, at which point, we are at the mercy of law enforcement. Yes, that is hyperbole, before someone accuses me of being a drama queen, but you understand my point. Attending a high school football game without a mask has been made illegal and some officers have no qualms about arresting such people.
If a cop follows such illegal orders, going so far as to even TASE someone who was not a threat to the officer’s life, I cannot think that that cop is anything other than a bastard. And in this day and age, cops need as many friends as they can get.
Now, does this mean I am condemning all cops? Absolutely not and that would be utterly ridiculous. It’s not an either/or situation where either all cops are bastards or none of them are, or where either all cops are good or all of them are bad. There is a very obvious middle road here where most cops are good, will do what they need to do to protect their communities and won’t violate someone’s rights without reason (criminals forfeit such rights upon committing crimes), but some cops are not exactly good ones and will either abuse their power or nonchalantly do the bidding of tyrants (and given that b.s. mandate, I have no problem calling DeWine a tyrant).
I have already shared examples of police officers clearly doing the wrong thing, with Ryan Whitaker, with Daniel Shaver, and with those who have arrested joggers and churchgoers. Such officers, though I believe they are in the fringe minority, are not good officers.
And don’t tell me “they’re just following orders” as though that justifies their actions. By that logic, one can also excuse Nazi soldiers and officers, who were “just following” Hitler’s orders. The Nazi officer rounding up Jews to be put in the gas chamber is not excused just because “he was following orders.” The SS officer searching for Jews hiding in people’s basements is not excused because “he was just following orders.”
We all have a choice when it comes to matters of right and wrong. We can choose to do the right thing or the wrong thing. Putting the responsibility on someone else’s shoulders, saying that “it was their orders” does not excuse the action performed by the person who was “just following orders.”
The Stanley Milgram Experiment aimed to see whether the Nazi soldiers’ defense of “we were just following orders” was a logical one. The experiment, to be brief, involved some participants being separated between “teacher” and “student”. The participants who were “teachers” were real while the participants playing “students” were actually confederates of the experiment (as in, they were in on it and were not being experimented on).
The “teachers” were then taken to a room adjacent to where the “students” were and were told to ask “students” a series of questions. The “students” were “hooked up” to “shock generators” and if they got any questions wrong, they would “receive” some shock which would become worse the more questions they got wrong.
The shock generators were not real, but the participants, the ones playing the “teachers”, didn’t know that. The people running the experiment told the “teachers” to give some questions and every time the “students” got it wrong, the “teachers” were supposed to administer ever-growing shock charges. The “students” often purposely gave the wrong answers to see whether the “teachers” would actually give them those “shocks.”
Those “shocks” ranged from 15V of electricity to 300V, which was marked as the danger line, and even 450V, which was marked as “XXX” and left up to one’s interpretation as to what that could mean.
The study found that every participant delivered the 300V shock and 65% delivered the “fatal” 450V shock.
At the end of the day, they were “just following orders” and they likely felt that it would be okay to do so because someone else was ordering them to administer the “fatal” shocks. However, those people are still responsible for their actions. Had they actually killed someone, it would have weighed on their minds (as well it should).
Just because the officers are told to arrest people with masks, that doesn’t mean that the officers have to obey. In order to keep their jobs, maybe they have to, but they would still be doing the wrong thing and should still be held accountable for their actions (and the people giving those orders should also be held accountable, don’t misunderstand).
Another example that comes to mind is a common one you would hear in childhood when your friend wanted to do something regarded as dangerous or unsafe by your parents: “if your friend jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?” Similarly, one can rephrase that as “if your friend told you to jump off a bridge, would you do it?”
If someone’s commanding officer orders them to do something that is objectively wrong, be it routinely killing people through poison gas or putting them in a furnace or putting them up against the wall and executing them, that does not mean that such a person is absolved of their actions.
The school resource officer is not absolved of his actions just because he gets orders from his school’s principal or from the governor himself regarding what to do with someone who is at an outdoor event without a mask.
In an age when the Left says that all cops are bastards, officers cannot afford to give even the remotest of credence to such an absurd claim. These are the kinds of stories that make community support for the police drop like a man claiming to have information which would lead to the arrest of Hillary Clinton.
No, not all cops are bastards, obviously. But there are bad apples in the bunch in some places which must be resolved. We can’t have officers acting like the gestapo against law-abiding citizens and we can’t have state and local politicians making outlaws out of such citizens. This is the sort of thing I expect from Newsom, Cuomo and Whitler, not from a REPUBLICAN governor and Lt. Governor.
What a disgrace.
“So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”
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