It would seem to be common sense that it is against the law to break the law. But when it comes to government’s enforcers (police, prosecutors and judges), laws do not apply. They can and do break laws with impunity and enforce them or don’t on a whim.
A case in point comes from Manassas City, Va., where police have taken photographs of a teen’s genitals in order to convict him of possession of and manufacturing child pornography. And police and Prince William County prosecutors are asking a judge for permission to force medicate the teen and take even more sexually explicit photos.
The 17-year-old boy is facing two felony charges that could leave him imprisoned until he’s 21 and listed as a sex offender for life. According to news reports, the teen’s defense attorney said the teen’s 15-year-old girlfriend sent photos of herself to the teen, and he responded by sending a video back to her.
The teen was arrested and taken to a juvenile facility where police took photos of the boy’s genitals without his permission — as if a child under the age of consent could grant such.
Prosecutors sought to coerce the youth into a guilty plea by telling him had two choices: plead guilty or be subjected to forced medication so police could “take pictures of his erect penis.” After the teen declined to plead guilty, prosecutors sought and obtained a search warrant to “take him down to the hospital, give him a shot and then take the pictures that we need.”
Carlos Flores Laboy, who was appointed the teen’s guardian ad litem in the case, says he thought it should be illegal for police to create child pornography in order to investigate child pornography.
“They’re using a statute that was designed to protect children from being exploited in a sexual manner,” Flores Laboy said, “to take a picture of this young man in a sexually explicit manner. The irony is incredible.” The guardian added, “As a parent myself, I was floored. It’s child abuse. We’re wasting thousands of dollars and resources and man hours on a sexting case. That’s what we’re doing.”
Detectives told the boy’s attorney that after obtaining photos of the teen’s erect penis, special software will be used to compare the photos with the video the teen is said to have sent.
The U.S. was founded on the premise that it was a Nation of laws. But when the law doesn’t apply to government, the Nation becomes one of tyranny.