by Eric Peters, The Burning Platform:
Here’s a CNN news story about a Prince George’s County (MD) Hero who pointed a loaded gun, gangster-style, at the head of a man stopped over a traffic violation:
The man was threatened with summary execution for the high crime of exiting his vehicle and what amounts to “contempt of cop.” The Hero initially lost his taxpayer-subsidized employment, but until the video got loose, was not charged criminally with anything. It is only because a third party managed to video the incident that the Hero ended up facing charges.
Which is exactly why these incidents continue to occur.
We – that is, the non-badged – are reminded often that we must obey the law because if not there will be consequences. This rule does not apply to those who enforce said laws.
To unholster a weapon for the purpose of intimidating another person is criminal brandishing, a felony.
To point a loaded gun at someone who is unarmed, not attacking you with clearly lethal intent, who is trying to retreat, is (minimally) aggravated assault: “An attempt to cause serious bodily injury to another or to cause serious bodily injury purposely, knowingly or recklessly, with an extreme indifference to the value of human life.”
This Hero is obviously guilty of both these offenses. Yet he will not even be charged with either. Indeed, he will not even be issued a ticket.
He will merely turn in his costume – and probably within six months, have secured employment as a Hero with another department. Where he will almost certainly do the same kinds of things to other people – like a pedophile priest who moves from one diocese to another.
Cops are hated because they are thugs – legally protected thugs. And they are thugs precisely because they are legally protected.
You get what you encourage.
In market economics terms, this is called an incentive.
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