Praetorian Presumptions

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 28 Jul 2009 13:16:27 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

William N. Grigg - commentary on the Amerikan Police State, in the light of the arrest, in his own home, of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. [vanderboegh]

At some point, common Americans -- both inside and outside the jury box -- are going to have to rediscover the ancient and indispensable right to resist unlawful impositions by police. We need to bring about an end to the culture of impunity that has taken root and begun to flourish in law enforcement.

The best way to do this is not by trusting police to police themselves, or expecting the political class to do likewise, but to recognize, in law and practice, a principle articulated centuries ago by John Locke: A criminal who acts under the color of government "authority" is simply a criminal, and should be dealt with, by the citizen, in appropriate fashion.

Mr. Grigg doesn't say which fashions he thinks are "appropriate", but I will. If the cop needs shooting, shoot it.

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