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Any cop who pulls a gun purely based on the suspicion of someone buying alcohol when underage is a danger to themselves and the general public. They should not be in a position of authority and certainly should not be in possession of a firearm.
Some time back, there were two lawsuits that unfortunately established case law in the US. The first had to do with provisional immunity for government workers (including police). In this situation, the police officer was acting in good faith. Something didn't go right, someone got hurt, and of course, sued the police. The court ruled correctly that for the police to be effective, they cannot have the threat of personal lawsuits hanging over their heads.
The other lawsuit had to do with a citizen upset that police did not come in time to protect him. In that case, the court established that it is NOT the police's resp. to protect you. You can't make this stuff up....
Fast forward a few years...
The police behavior has so degraded that anyone with a gun is immune (official duty).
These idiots were not even police, they were ABC - the state version of the fed's BATF (otherwise known as F-troop, bringing you great police operations like Fast and Furious and Waco).
They should all be fired.
<italic>You're going to tell me what I want to know, or I'm going to beat you to death in your own house.
"Where liberty dwells, there is my country." B. Franklin, 1783
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” BF, 1759
So many problems here:
- Who pulls a gun on an unarmed suspect? Pretty sure they aren't supposed to do that until they are actually in a threatening situation.
- Why does it take 7 police to deal with underage alcohol possession? (And how many of them would it take to screw in a light bulb?)
- Jumping on the hood? Really? I hope he dented it and is charged for repairs.
The whole thing is a minor violation (in most places it's a slap on the wrist, you go to some class, charges are dropped), and the worst case scenario is they flee, and the cops grab their plates and find them later. The ones who need to be charged with something are the cops in this scenario, especially the one who pulled a gun.
If it had been 7 guys posing as police officers who then subsequently gang-raped the girls the police would be standing around saying "why did you give un-uniformed police officers with fake badges access to your vehicle?"
The girls did the right thing - especially by immediately calling 911.
I feel like that is the one hole in her logic. Every car I've been in allows you to turn the key to the "ON" position without engine ignition, in order to use any of the electronics, such as the windows.
The United States invariably does the right thing, after having exhausted every other alternative. -Winston Churchill
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between. -Oscar Wilde
Wow, even the French showed a little more spine than that before they got their sh*t pushed in.[^] -Colin Mullikin