Imagine your family was exiled from another country to the U.S. As a result, your personal commitment to freedom led you to join the armed forces of your adopted land.
Then imagine one night one of your neighbors gives an anonymous tip to the police there’s a burglar at your house. The police respond, assume you are the burgler when you answer the door, and the next thing you know you’re in a choke hold in your own home.
After proving your occupancy by showing bills with your name on them, the officers depart and the incident, while unprofessional on their part, appears to be over.
…But several weeks later, you’re informed by your employer you’ve been charged with resisting arrest. This charge now imperils your career in the service of your adopted nation.
A nation you thought was free.
If the claims bear up, this is exactly what happened to Captain Nicholas Aquino, a literal poster child for the Air Force whose life is now on hold while this bizarre case presses forward. It seems highly suspect that the police would not have arrested the captain that night if he had broken the law. What seems far more likely is they are now on the legal offensive, having realized the overbearing militarized actions of the deputy in this case probably left them open to a lawsuit.
Law enforcement in this country is out of control, acting more like an occupying force than anything else. Citizens are expected to comply with their every whim, no matter how capricious, and any refusal to do so is now considered criminal resistance. The police are public servants, not our masters. If someone in a uniform suddenly shows up at my door and demands my ID, I will–on camera–tell them (politely at first, then ever more firmly afterward) that unless they have a warrant, I have no intention of showing “your papers, please” in my own house. And if that lawful and free response is met by them initiating violence, they can expect it to be returned as I defend my home against an illegal invasion. Official costumes do not confer special privileges to break the law.
Aquino’s lawyer has requested a judge review the sheriff deputy’s record, and provide any information regarding past complaints or inappropriate behavior. This is appropriate in a land where you allegedly have the right to face your accuser. Any law enforcement agent who exceeds or abuses their authority should enjoy exactly NO personal immunity or legal protection, and should be blacklisted from ever holding similar employment elsewhere. And if the officer initiated an unwarranted assault on Aquino, he should be personally liable for civil and criminal penalties, not the taxpayers of that county.
Unless every American takes this attitude, our freedom–what is left of it, anyway–will soon be extinguished completely.