Police should take responsibility too

November 1, 2012

Dear Editor,

This letter is a response to the letter sent in last week by Timothy J. Bailey. On one had you are correct Mr. Bailey, people should be strong enough to take responsibility for their actions, including the police. The police are supposed to protect and serve but they still have to follow the law just like everyone else. The same Constitution that says that you have a freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of press states that you have a right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures especially in our homes.

Police officers going to people’s homes and ordering them out of their homes under the threat of physical violence without a warrant is definitely unreasonable and you are right they should stand up and take responsibility. That is something I have yet to see by the police in this situation.

I am curious if you ever even watched the video because you state that if Mr. Young had nothing to hide, he would have simply just come out, even though the police had no right to make him do so. If you listen to the video, Mr. Young actually invited the officer inside the home so apparently he didn’t have anything to hide after all.

Officer Kasin may have at one time been respectful to you, but on this day he sure wasn’t respectful to Mr. Young and his actions are inexcusable as were the actions by the officers in the jail. A taser is a weapon and should be used for self-defense only, in this case, tasers were used as a form of punishment and that is not ok.

We have a government by the people for the people and police do in fact have a difficult job, but it does not mean that they do not have to treat people with respect. This type of police behavior is going on all over our country and it needs to stop. What people need to understand is that this could have been anyone, you, your family member or someone else that you care about.

Rion Rodweller

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