Joe Dolio, writing at Tactical Wisdom, highlights a dilemma that occurred in Portland last weekend, but confronts police officers everywhere.
In Portland this Saturday, a prayer group held an event at a park and were immediately attacked by ANTIFA. ANTIFA pepper sprayed people without provocation, they stole several speakers and damaged them, and stole speaker stands. This actually constitutes armed robbery. The police did nothing.
The group left the park and were pursued throughout the downtown area by ANTIFA. There is video of one group walking down the street, and ANTIFA runs up & pepper sprays them without provocation, RIGHT NEXT TO A POLICE CAR. The prayer group fought back, then ran over to the police car to report the crime. The police never got out of their car.
When I posted about this, someone said “You don’t know what the city told them”. Correction: I don’t CARE what the city told them. That’s right. Because they swore an Oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. That Constitution guarantees EVERYONE equal protection under the law. It also guarantees the Freedom to Exercise Religion. Inaction is not fulfilling that Oath.
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Officers: Fulfill your Oath of Office or find another job. Make your choice. Neutrality isn’t a choice in this issue.
There’s more at the link. The entire article is well worth reading, and I highly recommend it.
(You might want to note the tweets from an Antifa member, as reported here. The organization is clearly not interested in dialog or discussion of any kind – but then, extremists seldom are.)
Mr. Dolio highlights an issue that’s going to come to the forefront in the weeks and months to come. The USA is now (illegitimately) in the grip of forces that aren’t interested in fairness, even-handedness or ethical norms. They want it their way, and they want it now, and any resistance will be treated as selfishness at best, insurrection at worst. Wherever they control law enforcement agencies, be it national, regional or local, they’ll try to make those agencies into their lapdogs and enforcers. The individual members of those agencies will have to make a choice: will they allow themselves to be treated like that, or will they stand up for what is right?
The Portland police have clearly made their choice – at least, the ones who remain employed there. The others, those who will stand up for what is right, have apparently already left, because they were conspicuous by their absence last weekend.
As fellow blogger Divemedic points out:
As I have said on the “Danger Zones” list, the entire Interstate 5 corridor from the Canadian border south to Eugene, Oregon can best be described as an area of active, low intensity combat and Portland itself is behind enemy lines and is considered enemy territory.
The biggest reason that such things are happening there is that the police have chosen to side with the left wing insurgents. They simply stand there and watch as these sorts of events unfold. There is a lesson there for those of you who think that the police in your area will risk losing their pensions in order to take a stand.
Again, more at the link.
Friends, before you trust the police to keep you safe and secure, make sure they actually will. If they won’t, it’s all on you – so be prepared to take care of yourself if necessary. Just be careful how you do it. Last year, I wrote two articles outlining the danger involved.
Nothing’s changed – in fact, it’s gotten worse since then. Consider those Portland cops who refused to defend the innocent last weekend. If the innocent had tried to defend themselves, would those same cops have allowed them to do so – or arrested them?
I think we all know the answer.
I’m very glad I’m not a cop in Portland at present. I don’t know how I could live with my own conscience if I was.