So, you've heard my horror story about how I was kidnapped, sexually abused, tortured, and so forth by the Hall County Sheriff's Office. I'm sure it's alot for you to take in. My guess is that there are still some of you who find it all hard to believe though. You're thinking something like, "But this can't be right. The police are good people who risk their lives every day to protect us. Surely they wouldn't intentionally do something like this. My pastor says they're God's appointed servants." Well, I don't have time to dig in to all that tonight, but I want to hit on this question: "Are the police good people who can be trusted to do the work of enforcing the law?"
First, let's get something crystal clear here: being a police officer doesn't make you a good person, and being a good person isn't a requirement for becoming a police officer. I know. It's shocking. But follow me here: there's no moral test for becoming a police officer. There's no theological test. No philosophical test. People show up, they fill out applications, and if they're willing to do the job and the city hires them, they become cops. They go through training I'm sure, but I can guarantee you that the secular state doesn't teach them a course in Christian morality while they're there. They aren't anointed with holy oil. They don't go to Mount Sinai to have Jesus pin a badge on them. They're government employees, and nothing more. I can see no compelling reason that bad people can't become city employees. In fact, I can see lots of reasons that bad people would be more likely to become police than good people would. Think about it with me:
So, enough theorizing. Let's get back to the story and determine who the good guy here is. Is it me, the minister who was arrested for publicly advocating homeschooling, or the Hall County Sheriff's Office? Ought you to back the blue, or the man on the internet with the beard? Well, you already know I'm a bad man because I have middle fingers, but am I worse than my competitors?
Exhibit A: Jacob Haney. On August 3rd, 2014, the day of my arrest, Haney was the sergeant in charge with the Hall County Sheriff's office. Sergeant (for those unfamiliar with the lingo of our blessed standing domestic army) is kinda like a manager. Hey, he's over a bunch of other people. He must be a good guy, right? WRONG. Haney resigned his job a few months later. Why? According to the Gainesville Times, he got caught having an affair, and not just any affair. Haney had evidently been committing adultery with a married Flowery Branch police woman. Worse still, they were having an affair while they were on duty, causing Anderson to fail to respond to calls. It all came to a head when she failed to show up for a fire, the kind of thing that puts people's lives in danger. Oh, and as if that isn't bad enough, they were caught doing all this stuff at some vacant residence belonging to an Atlanta Falcons player.
So, if I understand the facts correctly, Haney had been breaking into someone's house so that he could have sex with someone else's wife on the clock, and it literally put people's lives in danger. You'd think that he could have gone to prison for that. Nah. The Hall County Sheriff's Office said they were going to demote him. He wasn't going to put up with that though (and why should he? Doesn't everyone break in to homes and have affairs on the job?), so he quit his position and moved to Ohio.
Well, maybe Jacob Haney is just a fluke, right? Well, no.
Exhibit B: Mike Lusk. According to WDUN, it wasn't only the sergeant on-duty at the time of my arrest who couldn't keep his act together, but the arresting officer himself, Mike Lusk of Cleveland Georgia was arrested by the GBI a few months later. Details are lacking, but he's accused of being involved in some kind of electronic invasion of privacy.
And of course, I've already explained that the jail was full of drugs and that the police of Northeast Georgia at the time were riddled with a staggering number of drug dealers. Oh, and we should remember that dear Rockmart has a few of those as well. We've got guys openly admitting to trading prescription pills, and when the Chief finds out about it, his response is to paper the entire thing over by praising them for their military experience.
Okay, so before we go off the rails showing a million examples of very obvious police corruption, I want to circle back to my point: being a police officer doesn't make a person good, and being good doesn't make a person a police officer. Does that mean that no one goes into the profession with good intentions? Of course it doesn't. Does it mean that police never do heroic things? Don't be silly. What it means is that we can't blindly "Back the Blue" without looking at the harsh reality that these guys are perfectly capable of committing the exact same crimes that anyone else might commit, and when they do so, they can often get away with it. I've shown you some examples of things that were caught in my own backyard at the time that all of my legal struggles were going on. If that's what they're catching, can you imagine what they're missing?