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Title: Cop Pulls Innocent Couple Over, Claims It’s Illegal to “Disrespect” Him
Source: Free Thought Project
URL Source: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/wa ... -illegal-disrespect-authority/
Published: Nov 8, 2017
Author: Matt Agorist
Post Date: 2017-11-09 05:49:42 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 96
Comments: 11

Frankfort, KY — Freedom of speech, in the "land of the free", is not guaranteed. Despite the wording of the First Amendment, claiming that “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech,” there are countless laws across the country designed to do exactly that. However, even when there aren’t archaic anti-speech laws on the books, police will all too often deprive people of their freedom — for practicing their freedom and expressing themselves.

Flipping the bird has also been ruled to be free speech many times over. In fact, in a 14-page opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit addressed the specific action of flipping off cops when it ruled that the “ancient gesture of insult is not the basis for a reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or impending criminal activity.”

However, we’ve seen citizens pepper-sprayed, assaulted, and arrested for this act of free speech. And, as the video below shows, police could not care less about protecting your free speech if it’s something they don’t like.

It has been clearly established that all Americans have the right to record the police as well as flip them off. For an officer of the law to remain willingly ignorant of this precedent is at best, dereliction of duty, and at worst, unlawful deprivation of rights. Either way, this officer was in the wrong.

The video, submitted to us by the person who took it, who TFTP will refer to as Steve, shows what happens when police officers feel they are being disrespected. Steve runs the YouTube channel 

As the video begins, Steve is being pulled over by an officer, who he identifies as Kentucky State Trooper M. Dennis.

Trooper Dennis had no probable cause to pull over Steve. However, because he was ignorant of the law, he incorrectly thought that it was illegal to disrespect police officers. He was also clearly ignorant of the First Amendment which guarantees the right of a citizen to film cops in public.

“Turn it off!” Dennis says, issuing an unlawful order to Steve.

“What am I being stopped for?” asks Steve.

“Turn it off!” Dennis says again. “I didn’t give you my consent,” Dennis asserts again—incorrectly.

For the first 30 seconds of the stop, the trooper is more interested in Steve legally filming him than he is with articulating the reason for the stop.

“Am I being detained,” Steve asks finally getting the cop’s attention away from trying to stifle his first amendment rights.

“Yes you are,” replies the trooper.

“For what?” asks Steve.

“Because of your disrespect,” replies Dennis.

“You can pull someone over for being disrespectful?” asks Steve.

“Yes, I can,” replies the Trooper. 

“What KRS is that?” Steve asks, referring to the Kentucky Revised Statutes.

“It’s called respect of the law!” asserts the trooper. “Disrespect,” he says.

TFTP searched through the Kentucky Revised Statutes and we found no such law. However, as the trooper walked away, he told Steve that he could be charged with “Menacing” for the disrespect and subsequent filming. We looked up that law within KRS as well and Steve comes nowhere close to breaking it.

“A person is guilty of menacing when he intentionally places another person in
reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury,” states KRS 508.050. At no time was trooper Dennis ever facing imminent physical injury.

According to Steve, this video happened in January 2016. When he called the Kentucky State Trooper’s office to report trooper M. Dennis, a major in the office told him that Dennis did nothing wrong because his officers have earned respect. Steve was then subsequently summoned to court over the incident. However, the trooper never showed up and now, after he’s been cleared, Steve has released the video.

The Kentucky State Trooper’s office would do well to reexamine their definition of ‘respect.’ According to Webster’s dictionary, respect is defined as “a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.”

Respect is earned and given voluntarily. When it is demanded through the barrel of a gun, this respect becomes tyranny.

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#1. To: Deckard (#0) (Edited)

Even a uniform won't take the monkey out of the man. This officer needs to stock shelves at KFC.

When the asshole public only waved one finger at me... I PROUDLY returned that one finger with a smile. YOU SHOULD SEE THEIR HEADS EXPLODE... haaaaaa

No sense arguing with a stupid shit that drives up and down the road flipping cops off and recording their large egos. Just do your job and ignore. I would tell my subordinates ... "just remember, over your 20 year career, you'll have an excellent chance to legitimately arrest a tool bag like this at a domestic call... or maybe even find him bleeding out in a motor vehicle accident... where all he see's during his last few seconds of life is you smiling and proudly waving just one finger.

Did anyone notice how this constitutional scholar told his mobile home bitch to "shutup"... "don't talk"? The driver didn't mind stomping on his hoe's rights... now THAT'S EGO AS LARGE AS THE OFFICERS.

lol

I'm the infidel... Allah warned you about. كافر المسلح

GrandIsland  posted on  2017-11-09   6:36:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard (#0)

Deckard, I thought you wanted cops to go after the "real" criminals. How can they do that when they have to waste their time dealing with shitbag punks like these?

Had this asshole flipped off another driver, he would have gotten the shit kicked out of him. What a coward.

misterwhite  posted on  2017-11-09   9:56:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Deckard (#0)

… It’s Illegal to “Disrespect” Him

"Contempt of cop" [That’s LE jargon for behavior by people towards LEOs that the officers perceive as disrespectful or insufficiently deferential to their authority] is surely something you should avoid doing.

This video is worth seeing again for people like you, Deckard, and all you other cop hating assholes:

Gatlin  posted on  2017-11-09   10:48:22 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Gatlin (#3)

"Contempt of cop" [That’s LE jargon for behavior by people towards LEOs that the officers perceive as disrespectful or insufficiently deferential to their authority] is surely something you should avoid doing.

That you fail to see the abject arrogance and egotistical assholery associated with that term only reinforces my opinion that you are a boot-licking toady with a pathological authority fetish.

Of course I realize that to you Grand Colon and whitey, cops (as well as all government enforcers and state sanctioned functionaries) are gods.

Man - are you three slaves ever pathetic.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2017-11-09   11:16:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Deckard (#4)

It’s just that I never did anything wrong to develop the degree of animus towards cops you have.

It’s too bad that you have let your bad run-in with the law cause you to wear such an “albatross” for you to begin your day hating cops and continue to carry that burden with you throughout the day.

Life is too short for you to carry the huge degree of hatred you live with daily.

Lighten up and enjoy life….you will be a better person.

Gatlin  posted on  2017-11-09   11:37:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Gatlin (#5)

It’s too bad that you have let your bad run-in with the law

All of my encounters with have cops been amicable. I don't like the "Us vs Them" attitude that the vast majority have.

Staties and county sheriffs are probably the best of the bunch where I live.

Local cops are usually pricks, and campus cops are the worst.

I've interviewed many of them while on the job.

When they abuse their authority is where I have a problem with them. As far as the ones who shoot non-threatening dogs, assholes like those have no business being cops.

Mailmen have more balls than those cowards.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2017-11-09   11:48:51 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Gatlin (#5)

Lighten up and enjoy life….

Oh, I do. What I hate is sanctomonious pricks like you who constantly lecture others.

Eat a buffet of dicks.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2017-11-09   11:50:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: misterwhite (#2)

Why would an officer care if someone flipped them off at all?

goldilucky  posted on  2017-11-09   12:46:51 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Deckard (#0)

Both the guy and the officer were dicks. I'm not sure whose side to take on this, if I want to choose any side.

no gnu taxes  posted on  2017-11-09   13:25:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: goldilucky (#8)

Why would an officer care if someone flipped them off at all?

Don't you care if someone gives you the finger? If you don't, then you won't understand.

misterwhite  posted on  2017-11-09   14:32:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: goldilucky, Y'ALL (#8)

goldilucky (#8) ---- Why would an officer care if someone flipped them off at all?

Don't you care if someone gives you the finger? If you don't, then you won't understand. --- misterwhite

Well, there we are, sportsfans, misterwhite again displays his idiocy about the minor indignity of being flipped off.

We all care, but most of us are adult enough to not make a big deal about it...

tpaine  posted on  2017-11-09   15:35:30 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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