by Bob Adelmann, The New American
Increasingly concerned that he and many fellow officers were being forced to violate their oaths of office in order to enforce COVID-19 stay-at-home edicts, Port of Seattle police officer and Special Forces veteran Greg Anderson posted a video on his Instagram page on March 6 expressing his concern. It runs about eight minutes.
It’s worth watching. In it he says:
“I’ve seen officers nationwide enforcing tyrannical orders against the people. I want to remind you, regardless of where you stand on the coronavirus, we don’t have the authority to do those things to people just because a mayor or a governor tells you otherwise. We don’t get to violate people’s constitutional rights because someone in our chain of command tells us otherwise. It’s not how this country works…. You need to step up and say “No, that’s not me, that’s not what I signed up for, and that’s going against my oath.” And if it costs you your job, so be it. At least you’ll be able to look at yourself in the mirror at night.”
He expanded on the rights police are asked to violate, all because of superiors’ orders: “I’m seeing people arrested or cited for going to church, for travelling on the roadways, for going surfing, opening their businesses.”
Within hours his post got traction, and attention, not all of it favorable. He explained that early on his superiors supported him for expressing opinions that they themselves held.
But then the powers-that-be descended on him, demanding that he remove the post.
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