Originally Posted by AK_Stick
So did I, but I don't remember any clause about being able to pick and choose what laws I obeyed.
Last I checked, we have a system to decide what is constitutional, and it isn't "I won't enforce what I don't agree with"
Had they said, "we think X is unconstitutional, and we won't enforce it until the supreme court rules on it" they would have my support. But cops have no place deciding what is, and isn't constitutional.
Those who simply follow orders in the protection of their own jobs are simply bureaucrats. We all have the obligation to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States." The Oath I took in 1975, which by the way does not expire, put the constitution First and obeying the orders of those appointed over me second.
None of us has the moral obligation to obey any order we find to be immoral, illegal, or unconstitutional. That is the heart of Ethics. Ethics involves choice and responsibility. A true ethical dilemma is where one is faced with two equally valid yet competing moral obligations. Obey the Constitution as written or obey orders.
I commend these Law Enforcement Officers because they stand ready to pay the price for their choice. Are you?