Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Jack-Booted Thug of the Week...

... is East Palo Alto, California police detective Rod Tuason for his open advocacy, however "humorously" intended, of the harassment and even outright murder of law-abiding citizens of that city who choose to openly carry unloaded firearms in belt holsters to protest their being unable to obtain concealed carry permits as they are not rich enough, famous enough or politically connected enough in San Mateo County, which practices a discriminatory "may-issue" policy with regard to such licenses:

"Detective Rod Tuason apparently made the remarks in response to a friend's status update, which joked that gun advocates who carry unloaded weapons in plain view as a political statement should start doing so in places such as Oakland, Richmond and East Palo Alto 'and not limit themselves to hoity toity cities.'

'Haha, we had one guy last week try to do it!' Tuason replied, referring to a Redwood City man who strolled into the Mi Pueblo Food Center in East Palo Alto on Jan. 27 with a gun on his hip. 'He got proned out and reminded where he was at and that turds will jack him for his gun in a heartbeat!'

After several more comments in the thread, Tuason apparently joked that officers should shoot the advocates, who have made recent headlines throughout the Bay Area for sipping coffee at cafes and performing other everyday acts with visible weapons.

'Sounds like you had someone practicing their 2nd amendment rights last night!' Tuason wrote. 'Should've pulled the AR out and prone them all out! And if one of them makes a furtive movement ... 2 weeks off!!!'"

How completely unprofessional of you, "Detective".  You'd better fervently hope that you're never involved in such a shooting scenario, as the jerkish words you so flippantly tossed off will come back to haunt you in the worst way, as they clearly show a predisposition (and even eagerness) on your part to using excessive force on a person who is not breaking the law in any way, shape or form.

Naturally, his enablers bosses on the force are working overtime to minimize the justified public outrage over Tuason's bloviating as to what exactly he thinks is his job description:

"Tuason didn't return a phone message seeking comment Monday. But East Palo Alto police Capt. Carl Estelle said the department's professional standards division is looking into the Facebook remarks to see if they violate any rules or policies.

'We have to be careful because they're on his own personal private Web page,' Estelle said. 'We have to be careful not to violate his First Amendment rights.'"

No sale, Captain.  Tuason certainly has the same First Amendment rights as anyone else.  However, he doesn't have the right to a public service job, particularly one in which the employee is putatively never off duty (remember, that's why you fellows get to carry firearms 24 hours a day, unlike the regular peasants who you purport to "serve") and is expected to maintain a professional decorum at all times, particularly when publicly discussing their official policies and actions.

Tuason's right to free speech most definitely doesn't cover his enthusiastic support of his fellow officers misusing their government-granted police powers to intimidate law-abiding citizens into not exercising their Constitutional rights, as well as his openly joking about killing citizens on the flimisiest of excuses in order to earn a two-week vacation (Let's see an ordinary peasant make an online comment about similarly killing police officers, even in jest, and see if the local department sees the humor in the statement as well as advocates the writer's "First Amendment right" to post such inflammatory speech).

The East Palo Alto Police Department's phone number is 650-853-3160, and Tuason's chief is Ronald L. Davis.  Let's remind Chief Davis in large numbers and in no uncertain terms that behavior such as Tuason's is completely unbecoming of a police officer, and that his employee must be appropriately disciplined.

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