Where Do We Draw The Line?

running from the policeSo, I’m having a disagreement with a friend over the right for people like one-percenters to be treated with the same rights as any other American. Because I have some knowledge about the Bandits, they came up a lot, but the truth is, my opinions about this stretch to include any group of people who have exercised their right to join a group of like-minded people. His opinion is that because the Bandidos are labelled by law enforcement as an organized criminal organization, as well as a “gang”, they should not be afforded the courtesy of being treated with the same rights and privileges as the rest of the citizens of the US are granted. They shouldn’t be considered innocent until proven guilty; they shouldn’t expect that they not be harassed by law enforcement whenever they venture out in public; they shouldn’t expect there to be things like search warrants when their doors get kicked down, or traffic violations stated when they are pulled over by the police. You can read the conversation here: 

The reason I bother addressing this disagreement at all is because it thoroughly wraps in a nice package exactly the danger of being naive about the world you live in. It is easy to say that anyone reputed to be criminals should forfeit their rights as Americans. After all, this guy has no interest in joining a motorcycle club. He believes wholeheartedly that the FBI doesn’t ever lie; he believes that law enforcement has the right to cut corners when it comes to groups of people he himself finds beneath the rest of us. This guy is no different than any of the rest of us. I don’t care for PETA much, but I would hardily oppose their rights being stomped on by law enforcement.

The problem with making excuses for people in authority over us when they trample the rights all Americans are granted by virtue of being born in this country is that some day, it might be the group you’re in that gets jerked around. One-percenters have cultivated their bad boy reputations, and that’s partly on them. But as long as they are Americans, and as long as it is not illegal to belong to groups that are made up of people with common beliefs, interests, and affinities, our justice system and all of its agents must do their jobs without stomping on our basic civil liberties. The police made some bad decisions awhile back. They decided it was okay to lie. They decided the ends justify the means, and now, several of the diverse groups I hang around with don’t trust them.

Be careful, America. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. I don’t believe that all police officers are our enemies, but I sure don’t think they are all my friends either.

~ Bird


14 responses to “Where Do We Draw The Line?”

  1. Who are you referring to a one percenters? I’m not following your definition. It would be helpful for me understanding the post. Thx


  2. SMH – I still find it hard to believe that the Waco battle was started because of a patch.

    I agree with you Bird about the 1%ers being entitled to the same rights as all citizens. Forgive me, Bird, but if your friend seriously believes the FBI never lies, he is what we call “a special kind of stupid.” The 1% MCs have only themselves to blame for their reputation with law enforcement, but that doesn’t mean they are any less entitled to the same rights as all citizens. Even the Mafioso, whom most people believe to be invulnerable, get due process when caught and tried.

    Maybe your friend should read, and think about, the following poem written by Pastor Martin Niemoller about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power. I’m not calling him a coward, but asking him to think about a world where the police didn’t have to answer to anyone.

    First They Came

    First they came for the Communists
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a Communist

    Then they came for the Socialists
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a Socialist

    Then they came for the trade unionists
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a trade unionist

    Then they came for the Jews
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a Jew

    Then they came for me
    And there was no one left
    To speak out for me

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  3. This subject is near and dear to my heart.. I’m work in corporate America, Monday through Friday and on the weekends you wouldn’t recognize me lol..The whole Waco massacre, and it was a massacre was a total violation of civil rights. Breaks my heart that there will be families without their loved ones during the holidays..they’re either in the ground or in jail. We got pulled over cuz the bag was covering the license plate..I almost had a panic attack..I was seriously scared. I do not trust the police..like you said there probably are good ones..but there are too many shoot first and settle in court later

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