Cop says he would pepper spray, beat, or tase you for carrying your lunch around
If you read Carlos Miller’s Photography is Not a Crime blog (and you should), you might be familiar with “Johnny Law.” Johnny is a regular in Carlos’s comment section and claims to be a police officer. He constantly posts the most amazingly asinine excuses imaginable for all kinds of criminal behavior committed by police officers. For instance, in one discussion I had with him, he actually defended Salvatore Rivieri, the former Baltimore officer who attacked and threatened to murder a fourteen-year-old skateboarder for calling him “dude.” According to Johnny, Rivieri’s behavior was “very bad form,” but was not illegal. You can see that exchange in the comment section of this article.
Anyway, I bring up Johnny because earlier today he made one of the most flabbergasting comments I have ever read in all my time on the internet. One commenter posed this hypothetical to Johnny:
If you were a patroling police officer in Riverside, California, would you enforce the local law that states that “One may not carry a lunch down the street between 11 and 1 o’clock.”?
— Norwegian Chap, comment under Carlos Miller, “Los Angeles Teen Incarcerated Seven Months for Videotaping Cop” (Dec. 22, 2010), Photography is Not a Crime
Here is his response:
However if I did decide to enforce the lunch law and the person resisted, I would escalate my force until I got that person under control. If this meant moving up the use of force ladder to pepper spray, taser, or baton, then so be it.
— Johnny Law, comment under Carlos Miller, “Los Angeles Teen Incarcerated Seven Months for Videotaping Cop” (Dec. 22, 2010), Photography is Not a Crime
Johnny just claimed that he is willing to use brutal violence to “control” anyone who “resists” his attempts to enforce a so-called “law” that criminalizes the possession of lunch.
You can invoke Godwin’s law all you want, but I feel absolutely and totally justified calling Johnny what he is: a Nazi thug. If Johnny is actually a cop and actually believes what he wrote, then I think it’s clear that he’s a danger to any people who happen to be around him.