Let's start out with a lesser-known quote from Jesus recorded in Luke 16:10, shall we?
"One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much."
And it applies to our government as well. If you've been reading along, you know that I'm a big stickler for the rules - such a stickler that I'll become a real thorn in the side of the police because they won't drive the speed limit. We've already discussed how this is important from a Biblical context, but today I want to give you a practical example of just why we should be serious about making police do their job by evenly applying the law. And yes, it's another story about the police driving too fast.
It was early in 2014 - probably February, but don't ask me the date - when I took a trip (for reasons I do not recall) out of my home county of Hall, through my native county of Habersham, and into Stephens County. On my way home I took highways 17 and 365. While on those highways, my doors were (not literally) blown off by a Habersham County Sheriff's Deputy driving at an extraordinary rate of speed. I knew I had to report it, so I upped my speed to pace the officer and get his vehicle number.
When I got close enough to the vehicle I memorized the number and paced him. He was driving 90 miles per hour (at least). The speed limit on Highway 365 is 55.
I always think it's incredible that people can safely go double the speed limit. You'd almost think that the limits are set artificially low so that the state can use them to collect revenue.
So when I got home, I made a call to Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell (not to be confused with my own local tyrant Gerald Couch of Hall County). Terrell and I had a friendly conversation in which he demonstrated that he has absolutely no respect for the rule of law.
He told me that the officer had called him while he was still on the road. The officer said something to the effect of "Hey Sheriff. You're going to get a complaint about me. I'm driving 90 miles per hour down Highway 365 and some guy just paced me." Terrell told him not to worry about it.
Was he on his way to an emergency? Nah. He was a school resource officer and he was running behind schedule.
I pointed out to Sheriff Terrell that if an officer had caught me going 90 miles per hour down Highway 365 I'd have probably lost my drivers' license, and he started on a list of standard excuses. "Well, we have to be trained to catch speeders and we're professionals so you can't really prove how fast he was going." Blah blah blah.
Terrell was none-too-pleased when I pointed out that the officer had called him and confessed to the crime. If someone confesses to a crime you don't really need any other evidence, do you?
In any case, nothing would be done about it. Terrell assured me that the officer, charged with enforcing the law for us, would be free to continue intentionally breaking it with impunity, and I was given a stern warning not to drive at such an unsafe speed as to pace a
I'm not so sure that driving 90 miles per hour down the highway is a small thing. We all know that driving that fast can be dangerous. What if the officer had accidentally swerved while he was passing me? I could have died. But regardless, let's presume that speeding is nothing. Let's presume that it's something tiny that we shouldn't complain about and quibble over. Even if that's the case, we see here that Sheriff Terrell and his officers couldn't be trusted with small things. If we can't trust Terrell to discipline an officer for speeding, how can we trust him and his gang of men to safely carry guns through the streets of Cornelia? How can we trust them to have these god-like "above the law" powers if they can't even drive their cars properly?
Well, as it turns out, we can't.
Just a few months thereafter, in May, Habersham County SWAT raided a home suspected of selling drugs. In the process, they threw a flash bang grenade through a window and into a baby's crib. His name was Bou Bou Phonesavanh. The grenade basically blew Baby Bou Bou's face wide open, and caused him serious injuries that left him hospitalized for months, and from which he (evidently) will never fully recover.
As for the SWAT team, they never found any drugs. No one was arrested. According to reports on the matter the tip that led to this raid in the wee morning hours had come from an anonymous informant. The police didn't investigate it before the raid because they didn't want to accidentally alert the suspects.
I want to make something perfectly clear here: Joey Terrell's men, with no real evidence, raided a home in military fashion, nearly killing an infant, only to find out that there was no justification for the raid.
But that didn't stop them from trying to excuse themselves. The Phonesavanh family sued, and the response from Joey Terrell and his men was (and I quote from their own legal documents):
"plaintiffs' injuries and damages, if any, were caused by the deliberate, criminal conduct of plaintiffs".
So there you have it folks. Joey Terrell is such a lowlife piece of scum that he'll literally blame a baby when one of his officers throws a grenade in his face and nearly kills him. Now listen, I'm not saying that this is a one-to-one correlation and that a speeding officer caused Bou Bou to get hit in the face with a grenade. But if Terrell had been running a tight ship where his people couldn't get away with anything (speeding included), they'd have made sure they got their facts straight before they went on that raid. But it didn't happen that way. Terrell, along with a million cops like him, runs a sloppy operation where the rules only apply to the
taxpayers slaves he rules over. Terrell can't be trusted with small things, and so he can't be trusted with big things. If you want my opinion, he shouldn't be trusted with any fucking things.
And yet, incredibly, here we are years later. Terrell is still the Sheriff of Habersham County. The Phonesavanh's were made to suffer through the miseries of suing the officers involved, and they finally got a payout, not from anyone who was responsible, but from the taxpayers. Only one deputy, Nikki Autry, faced criminal charges for making false statements to procure the no-knock warrant, but she was acquitted. To date, none of the people responsible for blowing Baby Bou Bou's face off has faced any meaningful consequences for their actions.
It's time for you to make a decision America. You get to pick between being a free people governed by moral laws, or slaves under the thumb of lawless unrepentant tyrants. You make that choice every time you let a government official slide on one of the little things. And don't suppose that this is isolated to a handful of counties in Georgia. This is the modus operandi of all law-enforcement everywhere. They're all going to tell you that they're Christians, patriots, family-men, and blah, blah, blah. Even Joey Terrell still has the nerve after this to show his face in public and call himself a Christian. But when the rubber meets the road, they think they should be above the law, and you should be below it. That ain't what Jesus taught.
Shame on you Habersham County for allowing this monster to stay in office - and shame on you America, for supporting police like him while they run rampant.
As for the Phonesavanhs, if you ever read this, I want you to know that we aren't all monsters. We aren't all police worshippers. We aren't all racists. Some of us still believe in the rule of just and equitable laws, and some of us were fighting to protect Bou Bou - even before he was attacked.