Why “Just Do What Cops Tell You To” Is Dangerous
South Carolina officer Ben Fields was fired for slamming a student to the ground and tossing her several feet. The normal arguments defending the act are appearing. We know the argument, and here it is rehashed.
You have to comply with the police instructions. If you just sit there when you are given an order, you are out of compliance. If you start questioning an officer as they are engaged with someone, you can be seen as interfering with a police officer’s work.
Just follow the teacher’s and the administrator’s instructions and cops wouldn’t be called to begin with, but always follow the police’s instructions, and things won’t escalate. Period!
Limited Government and Force
My question is how does this not differ from a police state? Automatic, almost robotic compliance with police demands equating to being law abiding is dangerous for liberty. Anyone who supposedly advocates for “limited government” would never blindly defer to the whims of the the enforcement arm of government would they?
Usually (and certainly in this case), the debate is about the amount of force and not the use of force in question. The girl in South Carolina’s offense was not putting away her cell phone. Adults, not students decided to escalate the situation instead of handling it in a low key manner.
This police officer could have used good judgment and handled the situation like adults are supposed to do. He didn’t so he was fired. It was nice to see that there was quick government accountability in this case. Advocates of limited government should be suspicious when it comes to agents of government in charge of enforcement (IRS, police) abusing their authority, police particularly because they have a license to kill. Luckily, the Sheriff in Spring Valley is a man of integrity and fired Deputy Ben Fields.