The First Amendment and Its Oppression by Peace Officers.

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“It had become an universal and almost uncontroverted position in the several States, that the purposes of society do not require a surrender of all our rights to our ordinary governors; that there are certain portions of right not necessary to enable them to carry on an effective government, and which experience has nevertheless proved they will be constantly encroaching on, if submitted to them; that there are also certain fences which experience has proved peculiarly efficacious against wrong, and rarely obstructive of right, which yet the governing powers have ever shown a disposition to weaken and remove. Of the first kind, for instance, is freedom of religion; of the second, trial by jury, habeas corpus laws, free presses.” –Thomas Jefferson to Noah Webster, 1790

In his letter to Noah Webster, Thomas Jefferson simply stated that people should be able to have individual freedoms, some that cannot be taken away at any cost. These are provided to people through the Bill of Rights. The most important ones have been drilled into our heads since we’ve been in elementary school; freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of press. Certain people, however, feel that they are above the law, and must do whatever they feel is necessary, after which they are discarded through the good faith clause. It seems that peace officers around the country need to be reminded of the Constitution that they serve, and which they pledge to protect. Just recently, there have been various accounts of police officers violating several key Constitutional provisions to the people, specifically the freedom of press. “When Maria Melendez emerged from Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, Calif., just before midnight last Tuesday, she said, she heard screams that have kept her awake at night for an entire week. A half-dozen Kern County sheriff’s deputies were across the street beating a man with clubs and kicking him, she said. So she whipped out her mobile phone and began to video...
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