Why “Criminals” Should Have Rights

When law enforcement doesn’t have to safeguard the civil liberties of the so-called “bad guys” then they have no incentive to safeguard anyone’s rights. Thus, Exhibit A:

According to KHOU, 70-pound high school sophomore Ixel Perez was kicked out of her Houston, Texas, classroom for talking on her phone. Perez claims she was concerned for her mother’s health and was trying to talk to her using the phone. Next, an assistant principal tried to confiscate the phone; when Perez refused, the adminstrator called the police.

What happened next was recorded by another student using a cell phone. The cops wrestled Perez to the ground and pinned her. One of the officers put his knee on her head and held her against the hard floor as she screamed.

The school’s response?

“The safety of our students at Sam Houston High School and of all our schools is always our absolute top priority.”

But if a 70-pound student refuses to give up her phone, the school no longer prioritizes student safety? For the heinous “crime” of not surrendering a cell phone, police-administered assault tactics are an acceptable form of deescalation?

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