May 13, 2020

REPORT: Cop Put on Leave for Standing Up for Constitutional Rights

  • Flyover Country

By: Ted Patterson

In Brief:

A police officer was reportedly placed on leave for posting a video urging his fellow law enforcement officers to respect people’s constitutional rights.

The Background:

The Free Thought Project reported that Port of Seattle Police Officer Greg Anderson posted a video (which you can watch below) in which he compared the coronavirus mandates cops have been told to enforce to “1930s Germany” and labeled them “tyrannical.”  

Now, the website reports:

Anderson said he was then called by the chief of police who told him that if “you openly defy your governor, you cannot be a police officer in the state of Washington.”

Anderson then said, “maybe I’m not meant to be a police officer in the state of Washington.”

Anderson says he was subsequently suspended, pending termination for refusing a “direct order” to remove the video. And just like that, the one good cop who attempted to stand up for the constitution while encouraging other cops to protect the rights of the citizens, was eliminated. Shameful.

According to The Seattle Times, Officer Greg Anderson is on leave pending an investigation, according to a Port of Seattle spokesman, who declined to comment further on the pending personnel matter.

Notable Quotes:

“I want to remind you that regardless of where you stand on the coronavirus, we don’t have the authority to do those things to people just because a mayor or a governor tells you otherwise. We don’t get to violate people’s Constitutional rights because somebody in our chain of command tells us otherwise.”

  • Police Officer Greg Anderson

Ted Patterson is editor of Republic Press.

 

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