Tuesday, August 15

Sheriff in Durham, North Carolina demonstrates the astonishing paradigm shift

Free speech is great--enshrined in our Constitution, right?

Wait...the Left claims not all speech should be permitted--not if it offends them.

On the other hand, your right to free speech didn't allow you to destroy someone else's property, or public property.  Well, until last week, anyway.

That has now changed--effectively, anyway--as the sheriff of Durham County, NC used Fakebook to post a written statement explaining why his deputies didn't intervene to prevent leftist demonstors from pulling down a statue of a Confederate soldier.

Here are the relevant points of his written statement.  (The rest consists of platitudes, window-dressing.  And my apologies for the Fakebook link.):
Before the protest, my staff met with our community partners [who, exactly?] to discuss how to safely and appropriately respond to the protest.  County leaders were aware of the risk of damage to the Confederate statue, as well as the potential risk of injury to the public and officers should deputies attempt to control the crowd.

Collectively, we decided that restraint and public safety would be our priority. 

Translation:  "We" decided it was better to appease the demonstrators instead of enforcing the law.  You surrendered to the demonstrators, sheriff.  Paradigm shift duly noted.
My deputies showed great restraint and **respect for the constitutional rights of the group expressing their anger**... 
I realize you're only vaguely familiar with the Constitution, sheriff, so it will probably come as a surprise to you to learn that the Constitution does not give demonstrators the right to destroy property by claiming "free speech."
I am asking both city and county leaders to establish guidelines and safe spaces for protesters to prevent demonstrations from becoming disruptive and...dangerous. 
So instead of preventing demonstrators from destroying property, the sheriff wants pols to establish "safe spaces for protestors."  Sheriff, are you really so abysmally dumb that you seriously believe lawbreaking demonstrators will suddenly decide to stay within the "safe space" you've designated?  They've already shown you--clearly, unequivocally--that they can break the law with impunity, and yet apparently you think they'll obey one that seeks to restrict protests to a "safe space"?  Not bloody likely.

Sheriff Mike Andrews' written statement formalizes something lots of Americans on both sides already knew: local cops--either city police or sheriffs--have been ordered by city pols to let certain demonstrating groups destroy property instead of intervening.  Cuz enforcing the law would anger the demonstrators.

Heaven knows we can't have that, eh?  (If you're a leftist and don't understand that sentence, replace "Heaven" with "Everyone.")


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