May 20th, 2011
Police try to arrest man for carrying a gun, legally. Threaten to kill him. Are forced to release him after checking on the law.
Man posts an audio recording of the episode on the internet.
District attorney has man arrested for exposing police failure to understand the laws they are supposed to enforce.
You really have to listen to the audio–the police talk like gangsters, while the “perp” talks like a professional. The really damning thing here isn’t that the cops don’t know the laws they’re charged with upholding–it’s that they act not like mistaken professionals (everyone makes mistakes), but like semi-psychotic thugs.
Maybe this conflict of gun-rights with law enforcement will finally convince some conservatives to question their blind support of cops. It’ll be like feminists discovering that abortion is sometimes used to commit gendercide against little girls!
Well, perhaps it was just too obvious to remark upon, but I was more surprised by the genuinely out-of-character support for this Philadelphia guy by the usual anti-cop trustafarian Kos-diary people. I guess for them this is the last available wedge issue against The Man circa 2011 when all urban bureaucracies are diverse and tolerant and 99.5% PC compliant.
“Maybe this conflict of gun-rights with law enforcement will finally convince some conservatives to question their blind support of cops. ”
Yes, cops screw up, but if you read certain libertarian bloggers like I do (e.g. Vox Day), all you get is a steady diet of “cops are bad”:
I mean, does Vox really have to use “NMA was right” for a tag on that post? It is right and good that we expose these bad cops and demand accountability from big and small city police forces. But let’s never forget, especially in “diverse” cities, cops jobs are tough and they deal with some real human scum on a daily basis. I’ve heard too many stories from my cousin who is a Chicago cop, and who I obviously love and admire, to fall into any easy narratives about cops. However, in the end I still believe that as conservatives we need to stand for law and order and we can’t let these abuses undermine the tough policing that is still needed in certain places in America.