Yet another outrage with regards to how police in this country treat citizens with contempt and disrespect. The video below was of an incident that began with a traffic stop for a license plate violation.
The officer drew his service weapon and pointed it at the head of the man on the ground. Neighbors were concerned enough to begin filming the debacle. Notice how the police officer told the witnesses he “didn’t need them there”, as if they haven’t a right to be. They were interfering not at all with the officer, but were calling the police themselves because of the erratic and dangerous conduct of the officer.
Ask yourselves if you would trust the judgment and temperament of such a police officer in a real crisis, and whether he is upholding the law or instead merely bullying using the power of his badge and gun. True, we don’t know the entire circumstance of the incident, but it seems extremely unlikely that the officer had reason to unholster.
I have had a police officer draw his weapon on me exactly once, on a routine traffic stop in LA in the late 80s. He held the pistol at the ready (I could see him in the side mirror), while the other officer wrote the ticket. (There is no “routine traffic stop” in LA.) Both officers were nice as you please, pleasant and respectful. A marked difference from the conduct of the policeman in the video. This Toledo police officer deserves to find himself being called “the defendant” by a judge.
In Vermont, this right-to-carry state, such a police officer may well end up looking into the muzzle of a pistol himself, and will have earned it. If he fears for his safety, he should become an accountant. He sure as hell shouldn’t be a cop.
But, of course,
The police department stands by Hart’s actions…
As usual, our esteemed host is correct. The militarization of our nation’s police forces is de facto the standing army the founding fathers warned us away from. There will be more of this, as less restraint is shown by police officers, and individual liberties are increasingly curtailed in the name of “safety” and “compliance”.