Not gun related but no less maddening.
A motorist was left with no recourse after police grabbed his truck and stranded him, alone, on the side of the road in a dangerous Mesa, Arizona neighborhood — even though he had not done anything wrong. US District Court Judge David G Campbell issued a preliminary ruling last Friday that Ted Mink, 47, had no right to sue police over his treatment at their hands.
In defense of the Police, as far as they knew the guy was driving on a suspended license…but leaving a person with documented medical issues stranded on the side of the road is patently ridiculous. Heck, if nothing else, arrest the guy and take him to jail. At least that way he’d have access to basic medical care and wouldn’t be walking for miles on his bum foot.
I spent a short time doing police type work in the Navy and I can tell you that you do tend to get pretty cynical pretty quickly. Most of your time is spent with people of less than stellar character. But sometimes that cynicism manifests itself in the form of outright cruelty on the part of Police Officers. In my humble opinion, because of their position and role in society, Cops should be held to a higher standard of professionalism and human compassion than the general population…not lower as is the case today.
Until Police Officers are routinely held accountable for their actions and the harm those actions cause when acting as our representatives and exercising the powers that we have granted to them, these types of abuses will continue unabated.
The only way they’ll ever be held accountable is if we as a society demand that they be.
I’m not holding my breath.