This week, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner abruptly closed the Houston Convention Center to the state’s Republicans but invited more street violence and public disorder by domestic terrorists. The Houston Chief of Police, Art Acevedo, was well prepared to assume his office after acting as the Austin chief of police, where irrational and outrageous leftist extremists have no boundaries.
Do all police officers disregard the rights of citizens? What happens when leftist governors and mayors order unconstitutional restraints on citizens and a policeman refuses to go along with the tyranny? The video below is the testimony of one officer who refused go along to get along. He understands the first duty of all governments: to secure the rights of citizens.
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, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.National Archives: The Declaration of Independence
a power or right delegated or given; authorizationWordReference Online Dictionary
deference to a right, privilege, privileged position, or someone or something considered to have certain rights or privilegesWordRefernce Online Dictionary
No, not all police officers disregard their primary duty to secure the rights of citizens.
I categorize police officers as either law-enforcement officers or peace officers.
The law enforcement officer sees himself her herself as the arbiter of right and wrong, sometimes as the punisher. Such officers boast of their exploits, delighting in arresting people and being their inquisitors. Arrests and citations are his or her first resort.
The peace officer respects citizens. His or her first steps are to restore the peace, to preserve the peace. You can readily recognize this type of officer by his or her courtesy, arrests and citations the last resort. A peace officer does not delight in the arrests of people.
Respect for God is the starting point for respect for one another.
Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king. 1 Peter 2:17
Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. 3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. 4 The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. 5 So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience. – Romans 13:1-5
The above holy scriptures apply to both citizens and governmental authorities.