All Too Familiar Story
Cops execute no-knock raid. Resident hears a gang busting down his door, pulls
his gun and starts shooting. Often, it’s the homeowner or resident on the receiving end of lethal lead, but this incident near Burleson, Texas left Burleson County Sgt. Adam Sowders dead at the scene. (source: Mail Online – Texas man will NOT be charged for fatal shooting of sheriff’s deputy who entered home with search warrant, 6 Feb. 2014)
At this point I ask, is the capture of a few marijuana plants and seeds worth the lives of either the law enforcement officer or the resident? Is the answer obvious, or do I need to spell it out?
So, what if the resident successfully awoke from sleep, managed to destroy his marijuana plants and flush those illegal seeds down the toilet: was it worth losing the life of a deputy sheriff? Was it?
Equally important question: would it have been worth the life of any of the residents? Would it?
The obvious answer to the two above questions is no, the marijuana posed no immediate danger to anyone, least of all to the deputy who died. And for what?
Troubling Pattern of Abuse of Authority
In recent times, two Fort Worth policemen respond to a burglar alarm, cross the street to see a 72 year-old grandfather standing with his firearm within his own garage – note: his garage was his property and he was lawfully in possession of his handgun. One or both of those policemen murdered Jerry Wayne Waller in cold blood, firing three shots into his chest, “single gunshot wounds to the right abdomen and left hand, and two grazing wounds to the left wrist and forearm”.
“Rookie officers R. P. Hoeppner and Benjamin Hanlon were responding a burglary alarm at 409 Havenwood Lane shortly before 1 a.m. on May 28 when they “inadvertently began searching” across the street at 404 Havenwood Lane, Waller’s home, according to a previously released search warrant affidavit.
Suspecting a prowler was outside, Waller, armed with a gun, had apparently gone to investigate when the shooting occurred.”
inadvertently – defined
- failing to act carefully or considerately; inattentive
- resulting from heedless action; unintentional
Headline: Cop Shoots, Kills College Student for Speaking Disrespectfully
Corporal Christopher Carter of the University of the Incarnate Word campus police stopped 23 year-old for allegedly driving “erratically at a high rate of speed”. Moments later, un-armed 23 year-old honor student Robert Cameron Redus was on the receiving end of six shots from Corporal Carter’s handgun for nothing more than making a sarcastic remark toward the officer who pulled him over for speeding.
Government’s First Duty
I quote, in part, the second paragraph of the U.S. Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…”
The first duty. This should be, must be, at the top of the mission statement of each and every law enforcement agency. Reading the two stories above, clearly law enforcement officers ignored, or didn’t understand, or whatever, their duty to secure the right to life, a natural right of Grandfather Waller and honor student Robert Cameron Redus.
CARGO Rockwall – One of Our Objectives
One objective of our Citizens Association for Responsible Gun Ownership (CARGO) is to foster civil, respectful relations between citizens and law enforcement officers.
If we fail…