I have a right to privacy in my truck. Or else officers would not need my permission to search it, it's protected by the 4th. I'm not anti police. I want those officers who do their job day in and day out lauded, and those who fuck up punished serverely.
What problem is there in punishing officers for breaking the law they are sworn to uphold? They, more than anyone else, understand the power they have and with that power comes the responsibility to use it well. When they misuse that power, they should be punished. How is this wrong and why is it an issue?
Officers say "If you have nothing to hide, then you shouldn't have a problem with xyz." If officers are following the line, then they should have no problem with more restriction on them and harsher punishments for fucking up the lives of citizens for giggles.
Anyone else remember the officer who threatened to say a kid sitting in his car at night had assaulted him just because? There was a video of it on yourtube. He said "I can fuck up your life right now if I want to. Do you want to get smart, boy?" He should have been removed and imprisoned immediately. There was video and audio evidence of his abuse. Enough to convict everyone else, but I think all he got was a suspension.
Those who defend freedom would believe that depriving those in power of the power to terrorize the population is a good idea. No knock warrants? Should be illegal. If you bust through my door, without a warrant and without telling me you're cops, I should get a pass if you get shot. Police who follow paramilitary proceedures against people who are presumed innocent should be reigned in. They are not the military, and if they were, they would have MORE rules placed on them. Anytime you pop open a door, you have the GENEVA convention hitting you in the back of the head and CNN watching you, and politicians who are willing to prosecute for "excessive force" yet police are given freedom.
I want parity. If it's illegal for me, it's illegal for officers. If I can't kick in their door at night, or run their plates, they shouldn't do mine for "curiosity." Wanting my freedom does not make me anti police. It makes me anti fascist