Police Chief as Judge, Jury, and Executioner

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

May 28, 2013

Jason Ellis of Bardstown, Kentucky was murdered in the early morning hours of May 25. He was a K-9 officer with the local police department. Of infinitely greater importance, this young man was a husband and father to two young sons.

In reacting to the murder of Jason Ellis, Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin spoke of revenge, rather than justice:

?I can assure you we won?t give up on this person or persons until we either have them in custody or in the front sight of one of our weapons. I certainly hope the latter is the case.?

Had an intemperate remark of that kind been made by a Bardstown resident about an apparently unjustified killing of a citizen by a police officer, it would most likely have been treated as a terroristic threat.

Dominic Aguilar of Roseville, California, whose friend Ernesto Duenez, Jr. was gunned down in his front yard by a police officer named John Moody, was arrested and charged with a felony for a Facebook post expressing the hope that Moody would meet a violent end.

Aguilar?s post was ill-considered. McCubbin?s comment was a plausible threat to commit a summary execution. Why was the former considered a crime, but not the latter?


Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

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