Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Two Sets of Rules: 1 for Cops, 1 for everybody else

Boston police broke weapons policy - The Boston Globe A little person with a restraining order can have no access to guns. Cops however, don't have to live by the same rules. (That multiple sets of rules exist is a pretty good indication that you live in a police state.)

In multiple cases they left guns in the hands of people enmeshed in volatile emotional situations.
[Officer Leonard F.] Brown, [Boston Police Department officials] said, shouldn't have had it last summer, while his former wife had an active restraining order against him. Specifically, he shouldn't have had it July 26, when he was accused of flashing his department- issued .40-caliber Glock to a former in-law during what has been described as a vodka- infused tirade, saying, "Do you know who you're [expletive] with?"
This isn't the only case of different sets of rules.
[Police Commissioner Edward F.] Davis came under fire in December when he punished a police lieutenant found to have punched his girlfriend in a Baltimore bar with a five-day suspension, rather than termination.
Suspension? How about arresting him and charging him with assault? Or the old cops' favorite, disturbing the peace? No, he gets to beat-up on his girlfriend and then take a week off work. Davis claimed he wanted to avoid a lawsuit. Right. Me, I believe he wanted to avoid punishing the guilty, because the guilty person was on the his side of that thin blue line.

Eventually they go 'out-of-bounds' enough times (or in a serious enough way) that a department has to take notice. Brown is currently charged with several things - all of which are lies according to his lawyer. Lies made up by his ex and her family to get him in trouble. (Except for the time when he was drunk on duty no doubt.)

LEOs in this country need to understand that the days of them getting the benefit of the doubt are long gone. As long as it even appears that there are 2 sets of rules, it appears that we live in police state. Incidents like the midnight crew of area two in Chicago, or the Special Operation Section of the Chicago PD - and all the various things it got up to. As long as these things are tolerated, the rest of us "little people" will view you as thugs, or potential thugs anyway.

In the case of restraining orders, a lot of departments, including the Massachusetts State Police don't let officers with outstanding restraining orders have their weapons. If that means they can't work extra duty, tough cookies. Boston, Chicago, New York and few other cities, don't seem to be too upset about mixing restraining orders and guns.

You know, I wonder, is there an exception in the federal law about restraining orders that exempts LEOs? Or are they all in violation of federal firearms law? Is it just another example of 2 set of rules? Welcome to the police state.

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