Why “Criminals” Should Have Rights

A common complaint you hear from the family and friends of a murder victim is “criminals should not have rights.”  A very understandable point-of-view from someone wanting justice to be served against an accused murderer.  But also a very dangerous view. 

A couple recent posts of mine talk about the erosion of the 4th Amendment, which involves protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.  The Indiana Supreme Court recently ruled that you cannot resist police officers who are not in possession of a warrant from entering your home.  Also this week, the US Supreme Court ruled that cops can enter your home without a warrant under “exigent circumstances,” which in that case would be if cops claim to smell drugs or claim to hear evidence being destroyed (such as the flushing of the toilet).

If we’re law-abiding citizens, why should we care if police don’t respect the rights of “bad guys”?  Because when governments stop respecting the rights of criminals, it no longer has the incentive to respect the rights of anyone.

And here’s your proof.

A law-abiding citizen is illegally stopped, threatened with his life, and arrested.  After he is released, he exercises his free speech rights.  Which leads to an arrest and charges pressed.  A LAW-ABIDING citizen.  Not someone partaking in illegal activities.  The only “reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct” came from the unlawful actions of law enforcement, threatening to shoot and kill an innocent man.

Expect more people  to be treated like complete scum with these recent rulings, regardless of guilt or innocence.


4 Responses to “Why “Criminals” Should Have Rights”

  1. Blithering Idiots Says:

    That is a super-peachy-keen post. Thanks for really blathering on like that! Seriously, I don’t think I could have spent more effort wishing for something heavy to fall on me to erase that nonsense from my mind!

  2. Why “Criminals” Should Have Rights, Pt 2 « The Blog For Truth, Justice, & The Josh Way Says:

    […] This post from earlier this year has proven to be my most read blog post. In short, if we don’t honor the rights of “criminals,” then the state has zero incentive to honor the rights of anyone. They’ll treat everyone like “criminals” with no rights. The following stories reveal what happens when government doesn’t honor the rights of citizens: […]

  3. Why “Criminals” Should Have Rights Pt 3 « The Blog For Truth, Justice, & The Josh Way Says:

    […] the popularity this post has on the very blog you’re reading (also a topic for this post), and most of the searches […]

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