Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Police officers aren't above the law

Another story showing why all citizens should support the monitoring of police officers.

A story in today's Philadelphia Daily News shows why it's so important that citizens be allowed to videotape cops - it can be citizens' only way to fight back against police abuse of power.

This incident happened several weeks ago in Philadelphia to Mark Fiorino, a 25-year-old IT worker who carries a gun on his hip at all times for self defense. He got the gun after several friends were mugged.

But he didn't count on attacks by police:

On a mild February afternoon, Fiorino, 25, decided to walk to an AutoZone on Frankford Avenue in Northeast Philly with the .40-caliber Glock he legally owns holstered in plain view on his left hip. His stroll ended when someone called out from behind: "Yo, Junior, what are you doing?"

Fiorino wheeled and saw Sgt. Michael Dougherty aiming a handgun at him.


A link to the full article is below, but I am sure you can guess what happened.

An especially wacky statement from the article:

"It was a setup. He's done this kind of thing before," said Evers, the police spokesman, referring to Fiorino's encounters with authorities. "He did it intentionally, and he audiotaped it."

The citizen set up the cops by legally carrying a hand gun in public? All the police officer had to do was ask to see Fiorino's license and then wish him a nice day and the setup would have been foiled! Doggone it if only! Instead the officer made himself and the Philly Police Department look ridiculous, rude, and ignorant of their own laws.

It is a very dangerous thing when law abiding citizens can be accused by police officers of "setting them up". Obeying the insane amount of laws that are out there on a daily basis is not an easy task to begin with. We shouldn't also have to be worried about our good behavior being misrepresented by shoddy police departments to make themselves look less boneheaded.

Full article is here:
http://m.philly.com/phillycom/db_/contentdetail.htm;jsessionid=E19932C05D3DEA8C9997279DC1434DED?contentguid=v8rDTw2r&full=true

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