My son was with the Police Department of a large southern California city for several years, and that certainly does not make me an authority on the subject of police departments, and having a number of friends in several other police organizations does about the same. However, being ex-military, I do have some understanding of a "chain of command" and a hierarchy structure of authorities.
When I pulled guard duty as a teenager in Vietnam, we were always given daily relevant "general orders" which were typically prefaced by a brief description of recent enemy activities and such. But as every soldier knows (or at least used to know), there is a structure of "orders" or "regulations" and such that could never be negated by any "general order"; things like the Geneva Convention of 1949 or the Military Oath of Enlistment AND The Constitution of The United States.
Police departments around the world are often referred to as "para-military" organizations and large police departments typically have units that are trained in exactly the same mode as our military "special operations" type organizations.
For the record, I would like to point out that I live in Las Vegas, Nevada which has - based on my observations and opinion - has one of the finer police forces in the nation when one takes into consideration our demographics - the very, very rich, those who will never be rich (financially) and that ever decreasing population in the middle who struggle every day to avoid being among the very, very poor (financially). Throw in the dynamics of our lovely city - forty one million (41,000,000) visitors a year at our peak and you have one monumental task.
During the recent massive attacks on the Second Amendment by the Communist Regime currently in power, I did some quiet probing of the various police organizations in which I have friends. The regime in Washington might be surprised and may truly be terrified if they realized just how many police organizations stand with We The People via the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association and the Oath Keepers.
A friend of mine, from an organization that I once belonged to, made me aware of a recent video taken in Austin Texas that was far more disturbing than what I expected. This video (seen below) is somewhat lengthy (16:30) and the relevant section begins at about 7:30 into the video which gets somewhat "salty" the longer it runs.
WARNING: Strong Language
My grandmother always told me that "foul language" was the last resort when people had nothing intelligent to say and although not intelligent per se, in this case it does communicate the frustration and anger of the people involved in this incident.
Those doing the majority of the talking / shouting are quoting Texas Penal Code; something that the local constabulary should at least be familiar with. The people of Texas have a right to be upset over the conduct of those sworn to "serve and protect". It would appear that the police officers involved in this incident chose to do neither.
I say this to all peace officers across this nation:
As the current regime increases the tenor of its propaganda machine and its lap dog the Attorney General continues to dance on the ashes of our Constitution YOU will inevitably be placed in the unenviable position standing on the line; that line which cannot be straddled. Taking the position of blindly "enforcing the law" is equivalent to "just following orders"; a non-defense as every officer of the law knows. Recent history pertaining to crimes committed by those in uniform at Abu Ghraib prison resulted in those on the forefront of the issue subjected to court martial and prison time while those in the command structure received no more than a letter of reprimand in their files (wink, wink). And so it always is and so it always shall be..
Every jurisdiction has its own "flavor" of an Oath of Office for those who have earned the privilege to wear the badge of a police officer. And although there may be variations, many if not most resemble this one:
"I (your name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution and laws of the state of xxxxxx and that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, and defend them against enemies, foreign and domestic, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of a police officer to the best of my ability - so help me God."
Hopefully some will recognize that oath and remember the pride they felt when they took that oath and shouldered the responsibility for all the world to see: the badge of an officer of the law.
Like the military Oath of Enlistment,
the first objective stated in a police officer's Oath of Office like the one above is to defend the Constitution. A friend of mine in a California police organization used to spend every evening studying the California Penal Code as it applied to his job, and it must have paid dividends given his current lofty position in that organization.
If one's purpose is to honorably and honestly support the law and to defend our Constitution, then one must do as my friend did and study that document. And just as "case law" carries significant weight in the court of law, so it is true with our Constitution. And the "case law" for our Constitution is "The Federalist Papers" which documents the deep and long (nearly a year) conversation between the framers of our Constitution in which they discussed the strengths and weaknesses of nearly every form of tyranny man has ever visited upon his fellow man. Once you fully understand the "case law", then read the law - our Constitution. Then read it again.
And then in the privacy of your mind, in full view of your friends and family and your God if you have one - YOU decide: Which side of the line will you come down on should this nation continue to slide into the abyss?
If you choose to stand by your oath to defend our Constitution and stand with those you swore to "protect and serve", then We The People will stand with you - shoulder to shoulder. And if you choose to duck the honor, privilege, and responsibility of that oath then at least be honest about it and throw down your badge and remove all your patches and proudly bear the patch and symbol of what you will have then become:
a member of The New American Gestapo:
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