While customary to write of upcoming holidays, I will address this recent past Memorial Day; that one day each year to honor those who died in active military service. It isn’t for living veterans. It is not for fire-fighters, police officers, doctors or parents who died in their service. Thanks to all them, but Memorial Day is set aside to honor those who died in active military service.
According to the Department of Defense website, our military is comprised of those who, “…protect our security and way of life…”
Freedom is our way of life. Memorial Day honors those who gave their all protecting our freedoms. Our Constitution and its amendments define and confirm our freedoms. The 14th amendment defines and confirms our right to due process as it relates to state authority.
“…nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
This Memorial Day however, we watched live video of a state authorized policeman keep his knee to the neck of a surrendered subject until that subject was dead.
Think about that…
On the day we honored those who died defending our freedom of due process, we watched the apparent disregard of due process.
Some have questioned missing video that might show the subject’s resistance. But what we do see, negates any missing film segments and whatever happened that led to his arrest.
Why does it negate what he did before? Basic humanity, due process and the unique American assurance that we are innocent until proven guilty. Our freedoms that our soldiers died protecting.
It matters not how obvious his initial crime may have been (or seemed). If the missing video showed a fight that had taken innocent lives, it still would not have mattered in the scene we watched. You cannot deny someone’s right to due process once they are no longer an active threat.
Even if the subject had killed an officer, denying that officer his due process, that subject would still be entitled due process.
Even if we had video of him with his knee on that deceased officer’s neck as the officer died, he would still be entitled due process and presumed innocent pending a fair and impartial trial.