Those who want equal protection of the laws give unquestioned deference to the authorities
Trump Family Capo Bill Barr expresses his view of the appropriate relationship between law enforcement and the citizenry:
U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday that if some communities don’t begin showing more respect to law enforcement, then they could potentially not be protected by police officers.
The country’s top cop made the questionable remarks while giving a speech at the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing.
“But I think today, American people have to focus on something else, which is the sacrifice and the service that is given by our law enforcement officers,” Barr said. “And they have to start showing, more than they do, the respect and support that law enforcement deserves ― and if communities don’t give that support and respect, they might find themselves without the police protection they need.”
I dunno, I’m beginning to think that making a mobbed up authoritarian President of the United States was bad.
“petition the Government for a redress of grievances” is right there in the first amendment, incidentally, if our mob consigliere attorney general ever wants to take some time to read it.— Adam Serwer🍝 (@AdamSerwer) December 4, 2019
Barr doesn’t mean white people, whose rights are, after all, inviolable. It’s the rest of us whose protection under the law is dependent on forfeiting the right to criticize the state. https://t.co/B6m7aj6o7P pic.twitter.com/VrmPaj8GXD— Adam Serwer🍝 (@AdamSerwer) December 4, 2019
"There must be in-groups whom the law protects but does not bind, alongside out-groups whom the law binds but does not protect." pic.twitter.com/ecCgd0lWnV— Tom Scocca (@tomscocca) December 4, 2019