Free Speech?

Not so much if what you say or display offends the tender sensibilities of the police department now days.

“I was driving along, tooling down the road a good 70 miles an hour and a big black SUV comes up,” says Bonnie.

Bonnie says she was confused and as far as she knew wasn’t breaking any laws. She says the Tennessee State Trooper and Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy were taking issue with her car.

“He saw my Ohio State Rose Bowl sweatshirt and he said, are you from Ohio? And I have Texas plates, so I said no, we were on our way back from…and he interrupted me and said what are you doing with a marijuana sticker on your car?”

The couple call themselves “rabid” Ohio State fans. The buckeye leaf a symbol the grandparents display proudly in this case in the form of a bumper sticker, and until now, without an issue. Bonnie says she was told to remove it immediately.

That’s right sports fans; if the police don’t like your bumper sticker they will pull you over and tell you to remove it.

Because it looks like a plant they don’t like.  This is another, in an incredibly long line, of cases where the police are not following the basic tenets of the Constitution — that pesky 4th Amendment shouldn’t be allowed to get in their way of ridding the world of marijuana. Look at California and the recent issue with them burning down another person’s house to get a suspected murderer. Or the intrusion into our privacy through information obtained by wireless companies. Or the ‘protest zones’ set up anytime they want — except for Occupy Wall Street movement, still trying to figure that one out.

Over and over again the police are showing they haven nothing but contempt for the spirit and the letter of the law.  There are many decent, honest cops out there. I’m privileged to know many of them. I also know that most of them stay silent about the abuses or even tacitly condone them. I’m not sure what message they think they are teaching people in this country. But I do know the one I”m starting to learn — if the cops don’t respect the law; why should I?

It seems as if the police are starting to push the view point of the anti rights cultists (All a “law abiding citizen” really is, is a previously unconvicted felon waiting to commit his first crime. ) — why shouldn’t we go ahead and ignore the laws we really find onerous?

So my advice to the police departments and especially to the men and women in law enforcement; think carefully about how you treat people. Remember the Golden Rule, eh?

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2 Responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Sabra on 18.02.13 at 5:00 AM

    I read a police officer’s memoir (Curbchek, by Zach Fortier) a few months back, and one of the issues he mentioned was an “us vs. them” mentality. I have no idea how widespread it is, but it obviously exists in many departments.

  2. Posted by Bob S. on 18.02.13 at 5:00 AM

    Sabra,

    I’ll take a look at the library for that memoir, it sounds interesting.
    I don’t know how widespread the mentality is but I feel it is growing if not wider than at least stronger with some cops.

    I do know that this type of action on the part of the cops increases it in the ‘civilian’ side. I know I’m getting to the point if I’m going to be considered to be a criminal by the cops and the antis; why shouldn’t I just go ahead and start breaking the laws I don’t like. They seem to have little respect for the laws.

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