By Trey Rusk
I recently read an article posted by a blogger who copied and pasted an article from The Daily Mail. The article was about American police officers who have been outed for being members of hate groups on FB. Is it true? Yes. I believe that there are police officers that are members of hate groups. With nearly a million police officers in the US a person would be stupid to believe otherwise. However, I think it is a miniscule amount.
I always like to see who labels groups as hate groups. It turns out one of the main accusers is The Southern Poverty Law Center. Lately, SPLC has had it's own problems with accusations of misconduct and on March 14, 2019 the replacing of their leader, Morris Dees.
Oath Keepers Website printed the following article from Breitbart News:
According to a June 2018 report, more than 60 groups have weighed legal action against the SPLC for branding them as “hate groups” after Nawaz successful sued the organization. In February, Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes sued the SPLC, accusing the organization of “defaming” him by publishing “false, damaging and defamatory” information in an attempt to “deplatform” him. The SPLC has reportedly worked with some of Silicon Valley’s largest technology companies, including Facebook, Google, and Twitter, to police their platforms for “hate,” and has enjoyed donations from Hollywood star George Clooney and Apple CEO Tim Cook.
I want to know if in the age of sanctuary cities and local laws that are in direct violation of federal laws what do the cops do about their Oath of Office? I researched and found the Oath of Office hasn't changed and neither has the Constitution of the United States of America.
I recently read on the City of Phoenix website that their police officers reaffirmed their Oath of Office:
Oath of Office
I (state your name), do solemnly swear (or affirm), that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution and laws of the State of Arizona, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, and defend them against enemies, foreign and domestic, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge, the duties of a peace officer, to the best of my ability, so help me God.
There it is. Nothing has changed. Yet if these officers were working in a sanctuary city they would have committed a crime. Are they criminals? If the state law has changed in violation of federal law have they violated their oath?
What if police officers who recognize these facts vent their frustrations in an open forum on FB? Will the SPLC accuse them of being a member of a hate group? After all it has been reported by news outlets that SPLC is working with Silicon Valley's tech companies to police their platforms for hate and accept donations from owners of these tech companies.
Does anyone see a conflict besides me?
This isn't an easy problem to settle but before we post an article which accuses cops of being members of hate groups, we should see where the initial accusations originate. In my opinion for nearly a decade there may have been criminal activity in the DOJ and I hope it comes to light. According the article posted by the blogger, it was the same DOJ that made a similar report in 2015 about cops in hate groups. The last sentence of the article by sociologist, Peter Semi stated, "So far we are dealing with the tip of the iceberg."
I don't believe that.
That's the way I see it.