A Question For Law EnforcementSubmitted by RoadtoSurfdom on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 18:30
Last Friday after the Houston rally, while awaiting word from the Ron Paul camp to go back and see the good doctor with the Youth For Ron Paul, I stood unaware over an imaginary boundary - that I was not supposed to cross.
The HPD officer serving as Praetorian Guard over this imaginary designation, approached.
As he approached I politely said, "We're looking for an escort into see Dr. Paul. We're with the campaign, can you help get us in?" I really was with the youth for Ron Paul crew and was completely honest.
He grabbed my tricept and started to push me away from his guarded post. "No no. It's not gonna happen buddy." He then grabbed harder and pushed harder.
He was not explosive but he was forceful and would be in legal terminology defined as assault. If I did that to him, he would have put me in handcuffs.
I was visibly upset at initially being denied access to the back area to meet Dr. Paul. And more upset at the stoic robotic nature of the majority of the HPD staff who policed the event - only one or two of the officers were pretty cool.
After meeting Dr. Paul and heading home, I started to ask myself questions about my mini-confrontation with HPD. What if he was more forceful? What if his actions were unprovoked in any way?
What if a police officer assaults a citizen? What is the proper response of the citizen?
I can tell you - him simply grabbing my arm and pushing me made me want to deck the guy, but that wold have looked really really bad. He was 5'4 and 240lbs and probably fibbed on his physical fitness results.
What is the proper legal response to dealing with a police officer who may just be having a bad day?
P.S. I got in to see Dr.Paul regardless, shook his hand, and on the way in gave a nod to the officer with questionable procedure.