When elected officials want to give police the authority to be judge, jury and executioner, then we have a problem.
What’s startling about a post at The Citizen, is that it’s authored by two people, one of which is a former police officer and is now employed as a councilman. It’s not just penned by some random guy.
Terry Ernst is a Peachtree City, Georgia councilman and a former captain in the Peachtree City Police Department and he thinks the police should have the authority to ‘shoot looters.’
The column refers to the protests in Baltimore over Freddie Gray’s death.
Read the code words in this column.
Via The Citizen:
Any neighborhood they burn, any business they loot and destroy, belongs to fellow citizens who worked hard to build it, no matter their race. The racial division needs to stop.
Now the unrest is spreading to Washington, Philadelphia and other cities. We hope demonstrations are peaceful, but hope hasn’t delivered so far. Our country needs a national law giving the governor of every state the authority to approve lethal force by law enforcement and the National Guard to stop looters and arsonists whether in riots or in the aftermath of a natural disaster such as hurricane or earthquake.
We need to stop the insanity of law enforcement standing idly by while thugs violate private property rights and destroy public property.
Televised images of thugs being arrested, or shot dead while resisting, would go a long way in putting a stop to this uncivilized behavior. It is worth noting we don’t care whether the looters are black, white, yellow or brown, the remedy remains the same.
The word would spread like wildfire the police mean business, you can’t get away with this stuff any more while police stand around and watch, and it would stop. Dead looters on TV news would spread mortal fear in the hearts of opportunists causing the trouble, and would likely stop that behavior cold.
While some leaders make excuses for the mobs, others might challenge authorities that using force against the looters might seem extreme. But it is time for the Daddy-State to step in where the Mommy-State has failed.
We need to stop coddling fringe elements that cause destruction in our society, regardless of their race, gender, class or neighborhood. We need to hold criminals to account for actions that try to disrupt or destroy civilized life.
Authorizing police to stop looters with force, with National guard backup, would be a good first serious step in restoring order and balance. It would deliver the message there are consequences for ignoring the rules of civilized behavior.
John Crawford, a young black man with a toy gun in Walmart was gunned down by police officers while he was talking on his cellphone. Last November, Cleveland police officers killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice for playing with a toy gun in a park near his home. The list goes on and on and on.
Some police officers already believe they have the authority to kill without consequence and this duo wants to give them the legal means to do so and one of them is an elected official and former cop.
In January, after Ohio State’s national title win over the Oregon Ducks, property was destroyed, fires were started all over town. The difference is, white people were rioting but the media called it a ‘celebration.’ The rioters were not called ‘thugs.’
I’m sure the authors of that jaw-dropping post would advocate for their shooting deaths, too, huh?
When a person breaks the law, the police are supposed to arrest them, not shoot them dead. Innocent until proven guilty is still a thing but Terry Ernst wants to do away with that.
I can’t believe we have to explain that to an elected official and former cop. While he claims (several times) it’s not about race, it is.
And FFS, Ernst has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, according to his bio. I’ll bet he’s ‘pro-life,’ too.
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