Roman Police Couldn't Handcuff an Innocent Citizen -- But American Cops Can

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

December 4, 2012

On one occasion recorded in the 22nd chapter of the Book of Acts, the Apostle Paul, accused of disturbing the peace, was arrested by Roman occupation soldiers and taken to a local barracks to be interrogated under scourging.

As the interrogator was preparing to whip the apostle, Paul pointed out to the centurion in charge that it was illegal to flog a Roman citizen who had not been tried and convicted of a crime. This prompted the interrogator to desist immediately, and made the commander fearful that he could face criminal charges. As verse 29 points out, the commander was alarmed to realize that he had put a Roman citizen in chains.

Every day in this supposedly free country, police commit an act that was impermissible for their antecedents in imperial Rome: In the name of ?officer safety,? they handcuff American citizens who are not criminal suspects while conducting investigations. Police also routinely inflict summary punishment ? using batons, Tasers, pepper spray, or other means ? against those who resist being detained without cause. Within a few years police will have at their disposal handcuffs that can impart electrical shocks to detainees.

It?s a genuine pity that contemporaryAmericaisn?t as free as imperialRome.

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

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