Today’s highly interesting read (04/13/20): Police Need to Remember Discretion

“We have spent the past two weeks addressing complaints with an ‘education first’ approach. Regrettably, there have been some that have refused to comply and we have been forced to refer criminal charges to the district attorney’s office.”
Fond du Lac  Police Chief Bill Lamb

“If an individual is violating it (WI Gov. Evers’ stay at home order), they can be arrested for it.  We want people to take this seriously, this is a serious pandemic. It’s affecting people all over the world, but it’s definitely affecting our residents and our community as well. Individuals who are out committing crimes and individuals who are out for non-essential purposes and who cause their own victimization or the victimization of others, they will be arrested for violating the order.”
Sgt. Sheronda Grant, public information officer with the Milwaukee Police Department

“I am going to support enforcement of this stay-at-home order particularly because of the health and overall concern of the community.”
Milwaukee alderman Russell Stamper

“Guys outside playing ball, kids running around crazy, just the usual like it’s a summertime thing. People will never get it, so I say start applying pressure. People hate paying money. Start costing them, start charging them.”
Milwaukee resident D’Angelo Montgomery

In Lodi, CA…
Today’s read is from John Dempsey, a graduate of American Military University and has a deep understanding of law enforcement issues and how they relate to the Constitution, society and our culture. Here’s an excerpt:

Whether law enforcement officers realize it or not, politicians are using them for tyrannical deeds for the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the country, news articles are coming out reporting police officers are being used to enforce edicts of social distancing, mask-wearing, and dispersing “over-sized” groups. Police departments have policies that protect officers if he or she is commanded to take unconstitutional, illegal, or unethical action. Right now, it is time for law enforcement officials to remember those guidelines and how to use officer discretion.

You can read the entire column here.

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