Wednesday, July 16, 2008

They can carry firearms, but regular people can't

Some more antics from law enforcement officers in cities where the politicians and police brass fervently maintain that only people such as the following are "professional" enough to carry firearms in public (Chief Timoney, while currently in Florida, cut his cop teeth in New York City as well as Philadelphia, both notorious anti-lawful carry places.):

----- A former San Bernardino County, California sheriff's deputy has filed a lawsuit alleging mass retaliation by the other officers in the department after he arrested an off-duty co-worker for DUI in 2006.

----- An on-duty L.A. County sheriff's deputy crashed his unit into a citizen's car while responding to a call, causing critical injuries to one of the occupants. The deputy was subsequently arrested and charged with felony DUI.

----- Miami, Florida Police Chief John Timoney has been docked a week's pay, fined $500 by both the county and state ethics boards, and is under investigation by the city's Civilian Investigative Panel, all because he accepted a free Lexus SUV from a local car dealer.

"The panel's investigation was bogged down over the chief's initial refusal to provide testimony -- he later did -- or hand over certain documents. To date, some e-mails and phone records have not been provided."

----- A Chicago police officer has been convicted of battery and sentenced to 18 months of probation for beating a handcuffed wheelchair-bound suspect, but for some unknown reason, the city's Civilian Review Panel is refusing to fire the cop, merely suspending him.

----- NYPD Officer Sean Spencer arrested a 40-year-old woman for prostitution at 2:30 in the morning. The only problem is that his bust was a grandmother walking to the hospital to get emergency treatment for an asthma attack. Compounding his mistake, Officer Spencer apparently ignored his partner's opinion that they had a bad bust, and then allegedly went on to lie about the woman possessing a condom and having arrested her previously for the same crime.

This isn't the first time Spencer has had such a boo-boo:

"Spencer has been sued before in Brooklyn Federal Court. The 30-year-old cop was accused in 2004 by Blanca Rodriguez of falsely arresting her for kicking a car during a dispute over a parking space. The charge against Rodriguez was dropped, and the city settled the suit for $10,000."

While these cases aren't firearm-related, they do illustrate that a very small number of police officers commit crimes in much the same way that a very small number of career lawbreakers do, but the anti-gun legislators in these cities use the offenses committed by these hardened criminals as propaganda to justify denying the vast majority of law-abiding residents their Second Amendment right to self-defense against these very same thugs.

That just doesn't seem to be very fair, now does it?

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