We've touched briefly on this topic in an earlier post, but should a cop be allowed to lie? Should it be accepted practice that cops will lie in order to get warrants, that they will lie if they mess up in order to cover their mistakes, that they will lie if they feel like their agenda is more important than the truth or the "offender's" rights? I think not.
Frederic Bastiat, author of The Law (amazing little book, highly recommended!) reaffirms that: "The law is the organization of the natural right of lawful defense. It is the substitution of a common force for individual forces. And this common force is to do only what the individual forces have a natural and lawful right to do: to protect persons, liberties, and properties; to maintain the right of each, and to cause justice to reign over us all."
This basically means that if I don't have a right to do something, then I can't give that right to my representatives (cops or senators or any other collective force) and they don't lawfully have it. So, if I am not allowed to lie to further my own agenda because it is wrong to do so, then it is wrong when cops do it. They are only lawfully allowed to exercise the rights that I can exercise in the protection of my life, liberty, or property--and lying in order to get what I want from someone isn't on that list.
In my mom's case, Sherlock lied in order to secure a warrant, he lied to people he tried to get information from, he lied about the charges, (in fact, there is a 17 page document outlining the times he has lied, and those are only the ones we know about!) and in the original case 14 years ago he lies so many times that there is not enough room in this blog to tell you about them.
So, lies after lies after lies, and does Sherlock get written up? Does he get fired? Does he get a red flag on his ability to arrest people? NOPE He continues to have the power to calumniate people in order to gain power and prestige and to feel like a big important detective.
Really, how much power should one person, who happens to be the original arresting officer have? When all the government organizations that my mom has to deal with on a regular basis because of the ridiculous ex-offender registry say she is completely compliant--yet the false accusation of one man (who is a documented liar) could send her back to prison against the word of all these other credible sources? Seems like he has definitely stepped out of his lawful boundaries.
Oh, but wait, my mom's arrest is "for the good and protection of the community"--at least that is the justification that Sherlock is hiding his personal vendetta under. Well, "The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants."--Albert Camus
More to come...
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