Here is a portion of the dash cam recording for Sandra Bland's arrest:
When those bewigged, 18th century men who wrote the Bill of Rights wrote it, they were reacting to experience with officers of the Crown who acted imperiously, arrogantly, who demanded "respect" and exerted their will upon citizens. These officers were the face of subjugation for American folk who had to bow down, genuflect before the authority of these petty thugs, these school yard bullies, who may not have lived in palaces but who could strut about any community and exert their will over the Crown's "subjects."
How different is this police officer from that? When freedom from "unreasonable search and seizure" was listed as something which defined what freedom meant for Americans, were they not thinking of police like Brian Encina and the "female cop" who joined him?
This reads like an out take from the movie, "Crash."
Do you find yourself disagreeing with Sandra Bland? She may not have played her role as the submissive, compliant citizen now under the power of the police who can order her to do whatever they like, but was she wrong in anything she said or did?
The policeman asserts he is giving her a "lawful order." Who is a policeman to give an "order" to a citizen? Neither is in the military. Since when can a policeman start giving orders to citizens, outside a circumstance which encompasses a threat to public safety or a violation of law? What law does she violate by refusing to step out of her car?
She in fact asks the officer to state clearly what law she has violated and the charge for her arrest and he does not answer but shouts another order, "Get out of the car! I'm going to light you up!" She says she wants to call a lawyer and he ignores that.
Is there not a Constitutional requirement for a charge to be registered when someone is arrested? Do we not have the right to know what the charged offense is? Is there something called "Habeus Corpus?" (Well, not in Gitmo, of course, but then that's not actually a prison in America--it's just run by Americans. But I digress.)
Remember when George W. Bush responded to the Abu Gharib torture by saying, "This is not who we are" ? Well, maybe that was and is who we are.
Oh, what sort of state do we live in now?
All those Second Amendment fanatics froth about the tyranny of having their guns muzzled.
What about the tyranny of police gone wild?