A Crenshaw County, Ala., sheriff’s deputy, upset that Facebook users posted the whereabouts of a law enforcement roadblock he was working, took to Facebook himself and in doing so revealed the mindset that has become pervasive with law enforcement officers today… and why liberty lovers (myself included) are so ready to take them to task.
“For those of you who couldn’t wait to get on Facebook to announce that there were State Troopers on the Glenwood road, doing a road block… congrats!!! To me, you are no better than the drunks, crackheads, crack dealers, burglars, armed robbers etc. that are out there,” Deputy Jeremy Walker posted last week.
Walker’s post attracted a lot of attention and a lot of comments. Sadly, most seemed to support his view that roadblocks—which just this summer were scaled back in the State by the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals—were a proper crime-fighting tool.
But some took him to task and reminded him about that pesky thing—to LEOs—called the 4th Amendment. You might remember it? It’s the one about illegal searches and seizures.
Those really set Walker off. Among his many replies to Constitutional reminders was, “Im tired of hearing about the constitution Mark Morrison… When it comes down between the constitution and saving a life… I choose saving a life over it.” That one got two “Likes.”
Another Walker post was this one: “If you are doing nothing wrong… we ask you prove it by showing your papers.” Ironically, the one about showing papers was followed by this one from Walker: “All you do is bash my comments. YES I would rather choose saving a life instead of worrying about breaking someone’s constitutional right. Should we just let those people get killed? You’re the one that sounds like a F’n Nazi!”
Walker’s understanding of history and the Constitution is quite skewed, demonstrating he is probably just a victim of the Alabama Public unEducation system. He told Al.com that he received about 250 friend requests in the first three days after his post. As of Friday afternoon, the post had almost 11,000 likes.
He also said his boss doesn’t yet know about the Facebook firestorm, and “He probably doesn’t need to,” Walker said. “He doesn’t really like us having Facebook accounts.”
I understand why. The Constitution is there to protect us from people like Walker, and his boss doesn’t want anyone to know that his officers don’t abide by it when it’s inconvenient.