Another Proffesional

From the B’ham News

A federal grand jury Wednesday returned a three-count indictment against a former Florence police captain accused of using computers to access child pornography.

Basil Kenny Stanley, 49, of Killen was among the defendants named in indictments announced by the U.S. attorney’s office.

Stanley is charged with using his home and work computers to mail and transport child pornography from May 2005 to January 2006, according to U.S. Attorney Alice H. Martin. At the time, Stanley worked for the Florence Police Department.

I’ll stop beating this dead horse; I think I’ve made my point. Which is that cops are people just like all the rest of us. Putting on the uniform does not transform a normal person into an all wise ever virtuous defender of good. It just  gives a normal person extraordinary powers and responsibilities. Some cops are good people, who will use that power wisely. Others are crooks, who will abuse it. A few just want a good job, and will float along the path of least resistance. All of them will occasionally make mistakes. (They probably on occasion incorrectly spell words.) They are people.

Trusting our rights to people, as Justice Scalia says we should do, means our rights vary with the virtue of the person. Maybe the cops in your town would never break into the wrong home. Maybe they would never make race based arrests. Maybe they are good folks. But I don’t want to live in a society where the cops won’t arrest me without good reasons; I want to live in a society where they can’t arrest me without good reasons. I want to live in a society where the cops are under the law, not one where they are the law.

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