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What Can You Do When You Don’t Approve of Police Actions?

Let’s assume you’re the owner of a business and you employ five people. One day you find out that one of your employees is threatening people to make sales. You didn’t approve of this tactic and quickly move on this information. You call in the employee and address the situation. You explain to them that threatening people is not how you conduct business and even though it might produce larger sales in the short term, it will ultimately destroy the company – ending both your jobs. Hopefully the employee will understand and adapts (or at least respects) to your request. Though it’s possible they wouldn’t adapt and you’d have to fire them. Either way, in business, when you don’t agree with your employee (or with your employer) you have the option to end the relationship (on either side).

Let’s go one step further and bring police into the scenario. Police are paid for with tax dollars and tax dollars are collected from taxpayers. Essentially, taxpayers are the employers of the police and, just like any other business, the employer has the right to tell the employee if and/or when they don’t approve of their employee’s actions. Right? Yet, there is NO real course of action one can take to stop police from doing something you don’t like or want, like regular employers can. You can’t physically stop the police officer, nor can you fire a police officer and you can’t stop paying taxes either – we all know what happens if you do. So, what can you do?

You could attend police committee meetings and beg those individuals to change police policies. It didn’t work for us in Greenfield but you may have better luck. You could vote, in sheriff elections and/or higher offices to change laws, but that’s been happening for decades and voting on the lesser of two evils, is still evil. You could file complaints against officers, but don’t hold your breath. Often cops are cleared of wrong doing when investigated by other cops (see “thin blue line”). You could visit local politicians and ask for their support, but, again, don’t expect them to jump on your side. They work hand and hand with one another.

Truthfully, and sadly, there’s nothing you can do because unlike the private business example, where you can talk to or fire your employee, the police (politicians and all other government agents) don’t care what you think or want. They demand you pay for their ‘professions’ and all the expenses needed to carry them out without question.

Ian Freeman, co-host of Free Talk Live – a nationally aired, liberty-minded, talk radio show – who found himself in this exact predicament last year. The Keene Police were called to Central Square, a common area where folks gather on warm summer days, in Keene, New Hampshire, because someone was filling water coolers out of the public fountain (yes, this started over people trying to stay hydrated). While there, the police noticed several others drinking beer and asked them to pour it out. A conversation followed and the police issued a verbal warning and left.

The police came back a short while later. Ian and I were in the park when Keene police arrested Heika for open container. At that point Ian had decided, as the employeer of the police (his employee) – since his tax dollars fund police actions – that he would sit in front of the police cruiser attempting to transport Heika who was being arrested for having an open container in public. This was a display of disapproval by Ian. See video below:

Instead of listening to Ian, as most employees would (or they’d quit), the police arrested Ian and charged him with Obstructing Government Administration as well as Resisting arrest for the “crime” of expressing his displeasure toward the service being provided – at the barrel of a gun, since we all know what happens if you don’t pay (the man) taxes – Ian Freeman was sentenced to 360 days in jail. Stayed for 90 days in jail and 2 years of good behavior. He was found not guilty of resisting.

Think about this folks. The government forces you to pay taxes, right? If you don’t – you go to jail. If you do pay the government continues to spend your money and create more laws. Most of those laws you may not like but, regardless, they’ll ask for more money, to hire more people, to enforce more laws. Until one day they’ll come for you (and/or your family/loved ones) using high tech weapons and on salaries you’ve paid (at least in part) for. Seriously, is there anything more ironic than being arrested by a person whose salary you pay? I don’t think so. Well, aside from being jailed in a place that you also pay for. Think about that the next time you see your local police officer in your rear view mirror and you get that nervous/scared feeling in your stomach. Ask yourself, “What other service do I pay for that makes me feel scared or nervous?”

I bet the answer is none.

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  • Dave P.

    What is really sad about it all is the police will have to continue to act the same way. It will only start to change once the general public can see past this falsehood of “only a few bad apples” type thinking. What is worse, the only way I see that attitude to changing is if the police continue to get blatantly worse.

  • really???

    Drinking in public is against the law. Agree with it or not it’s the law. Why are you above the law. Also you sat on a police vehicle and expected nothing to happen. As someone who pays tax dollars i applaud the police for taking vagrants off of the street. The police had already given people a warning and yet this woman decided to push her luck. Now im going out on a limb and guessing that many of these people who routinely arrested do not hold permanent careers and MAY relay on public assistance. As a tax payer i would like my money back. I do not condone paying someone to drink and break the laws on my hard earned money.

  • No More Lies

    Wow, that’s quite a stretch in the last comment, assuming that people arrested are welfare cases. Let’s say she’s an upstanding citizen instead. College graduate, top of her class. Volunteers hundreds of hours per year to her local community. Now she wants to enjoy herself a little. Now *I* am going to go out on a limb and ask you to use that squishy thing between your ears. I have no problem with “drunk in public” laws, but drinking does not automatically make you drunk. Who has the right to tell that woman that she can’t indulge in an adult beverage in a public place? I don’t care that there’s a law. Just because a law exists does not make it right, or fair. Why do you assume somebody should have the power to take something away from this woman?

    On one final note, I disagree with a lot of people here about things like welfare. Do you feel that you are taxed entirely too high? I sure do, and for discussions sake, I’m going to assume you do too. Would you like some of that money back? I sure would. What if there were perfectly legal ways to take some of your money back out of the system that stole it from your paycheck without your permission? Enter food stamps and financial assistance. I encourage anybody who qualifies for either to take full advantage of them while they can. I can’t in good faith complain about issues like college kids on food stamps when I also think that the government takes more money than they deserve. Apparently the “American Way” is to keep allowing your money to be stolen, whine and complain about how unfair it is and how much they took, and then insult and belittle anyone who finds a way around getting robbed blind. Note: I have as much respect for those who use welfare/food stamps to avoid working as I do for police (aka – none).

  • Dan

    I wonder if any of the people arrested were late to work the next day?

  • Dan

    oh ya,,here is my letter to jail to Ian,

    Hi Ian

    you are a dip shit,


  • Shigman

    @really??? I wouldn’t waste your time on these delusional individuals. They have a sickness of the mind that is not curable by rational thinking individuals like you and me. Let them do and think what they want because, all and all, after being arrested so many times for “civil liberties”, it will add on to their criminal record and they will never have any kind of worthy career to make their families proud

  • Fat Ray

    It’s always been an uphill battle to get the public involved in standing up for their own rights. Somehow most people have this mind set that cops are all good and that there really are only a “couple bad apples.”

    You can’t turn on network television (even cable) without finding some sort of super police show these days. It is no wonder the public thinks all police are good and their job(s) is to protect us from the bad. Funny how in all these shows, all the crimes get solved. A bad guy is always caught and put away. Either way its just another form of someone controlling the populations perception.

    True transparency lacks despite the efforts to make it public record. Even using resources like, the Freedom of Information Act it can still be hard to obtain information. Websites are offered, blogs are written and still the word is not fully out there. Some folks just don’t make it a priory to seek out the true information for themselves and result back to what big media shows them.

    I wil stop now in an effort to not bore everyone. Thanks for reading and your time. L&R Fat Ray

  • andrew cook

    this idea of an individual as the “employer” every police officer is a flawed concept.

    A more accurate analogy would have the individual as a shareholder of a publicly traded corporation. Being a shareholder does not give one authority over the employees of the corporation. It entitles one to vote for the board of directors who are charged with appointing managers to run the day to day operations of the corporation. The employees of the corporation answer to management. Management answers to the board of directors who in turn answer to the shareholders.