Trooper acquitted in man’s death

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The 4th amendment needed to be upheld in this case. The officers should have had to get a warrant. Our founding fathers would be disgusted with the way the constitution has been trampled upon. We are no longer secure in our persons and papers if stormtroopers can just barge in, guns blazing.

Volatile conditions he faced that night!!!!  He created those volatile conditions by unlawfully forcing his way into a home to possible obtain a voluntary blood/breath sample that would not have held water in court.  The troop here in Grand Junction already has one investigation going on with a trooper unlawfully arresting people for DUI, filing false police reports and then purjering himself on the stand.  Appears Lawyer is sipping from that same trough as he just happens to remember in court that Firko and Kemp had an encounter?  In police work, if your core transaction is bad, in the cases the felonious entry into Kemp’s home, then the rest that follows is unlawful.  This community was demand accountability for Lawyer’s felonious and deadly actions.  What is not lost on the DA’s office is that Lawyer might have skated for homicide with his Choir boy looks and aw shucks I didn’t know better attitude, he not only committed these unlawful state acts, he committed felonious acts under Federal law that he can and must be tried for.  Your silence echos agreement with the jury’s actions and that is no justice for the Kemp family.  Unite in the call for a federal investigation and indictment.  We might also call for the disarmament and disbanding of this current troop of CSP officers stationed out of Fruita.  This is too many corrupt officers to escape the notice of the superviosry staff.  Corrupt?  They willfully violate our individual rights and kill our citizens defending their homes.  How much more corrupt do you think they can get?  Know your rights under the constitution people.  It may not save you from a troopers bullet but it may guard you against another such incident, or unlawful search and seizure or the wilfull destruction of property by officers out on a lark.

The text of the 4th Amendment is: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” A good explanation of exactly what that means is found in the unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision in Ex Parte Burford, 7 U.S. 448 (1806), in which the court said, “The Judges of this court were unanimously of opinion, that the warrant of commitment was illegal, for want of stating some good cause certain, supported by oath.” There is nothing remotely hard about any of those words to understand, so the people who disagree with them, should do the work of repealing the 4th Amendment legitimately pursuant to Article V, not by acquitting cops who violate them and kill people the law doesn’t say deserve to be killed.
A verdict such as this one should come as no surprise in a country where we don’t even know who killed JFK (74% of the people think the government version of events is a lie) and where the current president was born in Kenya and therefore not constitutionally qualified to be president. Fact is, the rule of law in America is dead, as along with the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. America has become a police state because too many people “educated” in Big-Brother government schools want the government to make it that way.
The so-called “war on drugs”, designed to destroy the 4th Amendment, and supported by well-intended-but-constitutionally-apathetic people, has faithfully served its purpose. And I say that as a teetotaler who believes drugs are poison, not food. In fact, these days many of our so-called “foods” are also poisonous.
I don’t know the facts of this case first hand. What I do know is that police not infrequently kill innocent people in wrong-address, no-knock, no-warrant raids, terrorizing people and shooting pets as well as innocent people with no accountability and no meaningful liability.
It is not for nothing that people with such “conservative” bona fides as William F. Buckley and Congressman Ron Paul have publicly called for legalization.
Even if the DA decided to try the case merely to escape the political baggage of unilaterally exonerating the police for the shooting, the fact remains that 10 out of 12 jurors sent the message to the police that it’s perfectly OK to disregard the 4th Amendment as being irrelevant.
I am forced to vigorously disagree with a message I consider so deadly dangerous to individual freedom in America. But I certainly won’t hold my breath for the two hung charges to be retried.



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