Sunday, September 25, 2005

The Truth Will Prevail - Ocean Beach Police Brutality

The truth will prevail. There is no quest by the authors of this Blog to demonize police in general - quite the contrary. This Blog is not made of police haters or anarchists.

We believe in the rule of law; without which we would never have the best quality of life that we, as a country, enjoy today. Human beings are imperfect, indeed. Which is why it is so important to first find out whether Mr. Gilberd's accusations are true. If proven in a court of law then we must, as a society and to protect each of us, prosecute to the full extent of the law the persons responsible, whoever they are, most especially if they are public officials.

Even our Founding Fathers were aware of such danger of excess of power:

"As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights. Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions."- James Madison, National Gazette Essay, March 27, 1792

And other influential thinkers:

From JS Mill in On Liberty written in 1859:

"...the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant. He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because, in the opinions of others, to do so would be wise, or even right. These are good reasons for remonstrating with him, or reasoning with him, or persuading him, or entreating him, but not for compelling him, or visiting him with any evil, in case he do otherwise."

"And it is no less true, that personal security and private property rest entirely upon the wisdom, the stability, and the integrity of the courts of justice."- Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833


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