A sign of things to come? The police have the authority to violate civil rights right on the spot.
Courts don't fail us now.
—more from the local media—
Lawful being the operative word.
This article is from another Wisconsin paper:
It’s them damned uppity Constitution fanatics again!
Lawsuits are one thing, but has the chief set himself up for *criminal* prosecution? That is, if he issues this as an order to his subordinates, he runs afoul of the SCOTUS assertion that:
“Under ‘color of law’, it is a *crime* for one or more persons using power given to him or her by a governmental agency (local, state or federal), to willfully deprive or conspire to deprive another person of any right protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States. Enforcement of ‘color of law’ does not require that any racial, religious, or other discriminatory motive existed. Criminal acts under color of law include acts within and beyond the bounds or limits of lawful authority.”
“Chief Flynn, it should be noted, has mingled with the elite. Before being tapped to head the scandal-plagued Milwaukee PD in January 2008, he had been police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts and served stints as Chief of Police in Braintree and Chelsea, as well as Arlington, Virginia. He also served as Mitt Romney's Homeland Security adviser.
Flynn is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, the National Executive Institute, and a former fellow at the Harvard School of Government. He sits on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Board of Directors of the Council of State Governments Justice Center.
Clearly, Flynn is no marginal figure, a fact that makes his perspective on civilian disarmament and militarization of law enforcement a matter of national concern.”
I may just end up owning the Police Chief's house by the time I'm done with the City of Milwaukee.
And any Milwaukee cop who lays a hand on me is going to find him or herself answering an action under 18USC242.