Seattle Police Officer Greg Anderson has been placed on administrative leave after making a statement in defense of constitutional rights in a viral Instagram video. Officer Greg said law enforcement officers should not violate people’s rights simply because a senior officer ordered them.
“We don’t get to violate people’s constitutional rights because somebody in our chain of command tells us otherwise,” Greg Said. “It’s not how this country works.”
The video attracted hundreds of thousands of views including that of senior department officers who ordered him to pull it down. Greg refused to remove the video and was immediately placed on a paid administrative leave pending an investigation.
“Greg, if you openly defy your governor, you can’t be a police officer in the State of Washington,” he was told.
Greg later said the police department and the police union informed him that he would be ultimately terminated for insubordination. A GoFundMe account was created to help Greg hire a lawyer and has already exceeded the initial $50,000 by more than six times. Many people hailed him as a hero willing to speak against tyrannical administrators obsessed with giving out unconstitutional orders.
A month before, Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney similarly vowed not to enforce coronavirus restrictions saying they were unconstitutional.
While Greg’s comments applied to coronavirus restrictions, they are applicable in every other scenario, including the Second Amendment. Gun rights groups have always protested the abuse of power by various politicians and administrators, especially during the current crisis. Some governors, sheriffs, and mayors have ordered gun shops to close despite the Department of Homeland Security issuing directives on the contrary.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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