People are people – treat them the same. No special privileges.

When you are a professional, you should be held to a higher standard than those who do not have your same training.

This is already built into certain aspects of our law. If a “good Samaritan” tries to help you because you’re about to die, he will not be held to the same standard as a professional surgeon. If your injury is such that you can be taken to the hospital and attended to by a physician, then that physician will be held at a higher standard than the roadside “good Samaritan.” This is how it should be.

Self defense is self defense. Law enforcement officers should have no special privileges to commit injury upon others: this should apply to Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York.

But let’s go a step further: the officers are the professionals. Shouldn’t they be held to a higher standard?

Furthermore, other law-breaking law enforcement actions should be punished at least as severely as law breaking by laymen or civilians (non officers). Officers have a lot more training in things like . . . wait for it . . . when it’s proper to enter a house without consent and without a warrant.

So this is what happens when you stand up for your rights:

Our law should be clear: when an officer breaks the law, he should be held to the same standard as a civilian lawbreaker.

If you (civilian) force your way past a homeowner, you are committing a variant of crimes: burglary, breaking and entering, trespass.

If you taze or pepper spray someone illegally, you are committing felony assault.

The actions of Captain David Glidden appear to be nothing short of a series of felonies directed at a law abiding home schooling family here in our own state of Missouri.

Officer Wilson in Ferguson who shot Michael Brown got a better-than-what-a-normal-person-gets grand jury proceeding. As a result, he was not indicted. I know my previous posts indicate that maybe what happened in that case actually was fair, but even if Wilson himself was treated “fairly” the fact that he got special grand jury treatment versus the civilian accused raises all kinds of red flags about how “our system works.”

Likewise, it will be very interesting to see what charges (if any) are brought against Captain David Glidden in this vicious attack on law abiding, peaceful homeowners.

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