Opinion

Is It Time for Canadian Police (and American) to Disobey Superiors’ Corrupt Orders?

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The Preppy Dictator of the North, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has gone where previous PMs (except for his father, PM Pierre Trudeau, 50 years ago), did not go even after the 9/11 attacks and especially during the 2020 BLM riots (during which he knelt with the admitted Marxist militia). He’s activated the nation’s most aggressive “emergency powers” against truly peaceful Canadian citizens.

And I mean Truly Peaceful. Recently, on This Is My Show, host Drew Berquist, a former CIA counter-terrorism officer, showed a video of Freedom Convoy “protesters” handing out roses to Canadian cops who gratefully accepted the kind gesture.

Sadly, after those Canadian officers (perhaps not the exact officers but still Ottawa cops) began arresting peaceful protesters. Former U.S. Secret Service agent and NYPD police officer, Dan Bongino urged Ottawa cops to resign rather than comply with fascist orders given by a dictator.

When the Canadian government orders the physical arrests of peaceful protesters for “mischief” or “obstruction,” you can be sure they’re fake charges. You don’t enact a sweeping state of emergency for people being mischievous. It’s quite similar to America’s leftist government tossing protesters into the clink without bail for “trespassing.”

In 2011, I wrote in my Seattle police union newspaper, The Guardian, “As government social justices seize the Peoples’ liberty, they will need police officers to enforce their repressive laws. And in my book, De-Policing America: A Street Cop’s View of the Anti-Police State (Post Hill Press, 2018), I wrote, “Remember, when leftist politicians want to enforce their social justice policies and laws against the public, they will need the cops to do it,” if we let them.

So, should officers disobey orders or outright quit—resign, retire, or whatever? They should seriously consider it. Is that easy for me to say because I’m no longer an active cop? Well, I did it. As I’ve written in my articles and books, I retired ten years sooner than I might have because of the leftist political threat to police officers’ freedom and livelihood and their communities’ safety. It was not easy, but I did it and lost 50% of my income doing so.

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So, with what’s happening with tyrants misusing police officers in Canada, and likely to get a whole lot worse for American cops with its own planned freedom convoy, it’s a perfect time to discuss when it’s time for cops to disobey orders or quit.

Recently a Canadian RCMP Mountie, opposed to CCP virus mandates, resigned from Trudeau’s protection detail. A Calgary constable posted a video lamenting the Ottawa police chief ordering officers to seize fuel and firewood from Freedom Convoy truckers. And many U.S. sheriffs and police chiefs also refuse to enforce governors’ and mayors’ executive mandates.

This massive two-year muck up of CCP virus management has seen mostly blue governments exploiting “emergency powers” to enact “rules” politicians pass off as laws. Then they use these “laws” to nullify Americans’ and Canadians’ Constitutional and Charter rights. Now, Trudeau is exploiting an actual federal law by lying about its necessity.

Last I checked, there were no footnotes or asterisks in the U.S. Bill of Rights or the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Just checked again. Nope. Except for, in Canada, temporary powers granted by the Emergencies Act, during extreme emergencies, and brief exceptions authorized by legislatures and courts in the U.S., nothing allows for a leader’s sustained dictatorial actions, abridging the people’s God-given rights.

There are obvious times law enforcement officers may refuse to obey an order. The immediate examples are illegal orders. Obviously, if a supervisor orders you to smack, Taser, pepper spray, or shoot a cooperating suspect, that’s a big, no way. Other times are less obvious, such as when a superior orders you to arrest a peaceful protester.

But many supposedly free nations’ laws have gotten murky since the CCP released their virus. For example, people keep saying cops are enforcing mandates when they remove maskless people from stores. No, they’re not.

The officers are enforcing legitimate criminal trespass laws, either removing, citing, or arresting people who refuse to follow the business’ policies or leave the premises. It doesn’t look good, but enforcing a legitimate law is technically and officially what’s happening.

The store owner cannot have police eject a customer directly for violating a government CCP virus mandate, so they exploit officers by luring them into enforcing a valid law (trespassing). But what if their primary purpose is to accomplish a political goal disguised as complying with an objective public health action?

Cops also argue about these issues among themselves. Some believe officers should enforce these “health emergency” laws/rules until/unless courts rule against them or governors and mayors drop them. When it’s only masks (which I loathe wearing), I can see the argument. However, shouldn’t we draw a line where governments force experimental substances to be injected into people’s bodies?

Some argue, if people don’t like the rules, they can vote, impeach, or recall the politicians out of office. True. To an extent. But what if the majority doesn’t vote or etc., out the politicians? Don’t the Bill of Rights and Charter of Rights… primarily exist to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority?

What happens when an officer truly believes the politician is violating the people’s natural, God-given Constitutional or Charter rights? What if it’s obvious? Can a citizen nullify a law that appears to violate the Constitution or Charter…? Can a cop?

Would a cop be “wrong” not to enforce a law leftist politicians don’t like but “right” to enforce a law that leftists agree with—as is happening all over America (and Canada), right now? Liberal politicians prohibit cops from enforcing laws they don’t like, against people they do like, but demand cops enforce laws they do like, against people they don’t like?

In other words, the affection for a particular law changes dependent on the government’s affection or disaffection for a particular offender. That’s why leftist leaders let violent BLM and Antifa rioters get away with looting and violence while it brings the full force of the government down on non-violent trespassers in the U.S. (Jan 6th) and peaceful protesting truckers in Canada.

The Constitution was written specifically to enumerate certain responsibilities of the federal government and deferred to the states and the people most of the rights. They added the Bill of Rights to secure the most important rights. Canada did similarly when it adopted its Charter of Rights and Freedoms. But what happens when governments at various levels suddenly stop observing those rights, as is happening in the U.S. and Canada?

Which behavior honors a cop’s oath of office? Obeying or disobeying orders that infringe on the rights of the people they’re supposed to protect and serve? This can be a tough one because different people process information through different filters. From the beginning, Sam Adams was right in the thick of fighting British oppression, while his cousin John took more convincing. Both are viewed as the most ardent patriots today.

In Canada, Trudeau has trashed his nation’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms when it comes to the Freedom Convoy, the truckers, and their supporters. He simply does not believe they are worthy of Charter protections. According to Bill Maher, Trudeau said the protesters “take up space” and he wonders whether Canada should “tolerate them.”

However, he extolled the Charter protections he recognized for a Guantanamo Bay, Islamofascist prisoner convicted of murder and war crimes named Omar Khadr. The terrorist reportedly killed Canadians and Americans. Trudeau said Khadr deserved Charter protections, not for his crimes but because he was “Canadian.” He defended paying this true terrorist $10 million of Canadian taxpayer money and apologized for “violating his rights.” But Trudeau calls truckers and their supporters Nazis.

Trudeau protects terrorist murderer Khadr’s rights, gives him 10 million bucks, and an apology. But Trudeau arrests peaceful Freedom Convoy trucker Chris Barber because he has different political views. Okay, I’ll say it: That’s evil.

Finally, when deciding if cops should disobey orders, I think it comes down to your conscience. The Calgary constable mentioned above said he uses the “newspaper headline test.” Would he be proud to see his police actions splashed on the front page of a newspaper?

How about someday when you are retired, sitting in a rocking chair, sipping a bit of Jameson’s or tea, your grandkids on your lap. What stories will you be telling them, if you obeyed orders to violate the rights of people you swore to protect and serve? Or will you have to make up stories like the corrupt government you obeyed has been doing about the peaceful protesters being racist, Nazi, terrorists?

Ask yourself if you’re on the right side of history. Heads of state, allied politicians, private-sector censors, state media, etc. who conspire to restrict their people’s natural rights always end up on the wrong side of history. This time will be no different. What will they write about you?

meet the author

Steve Pomper is a retired Seattle police officer. He's served as a field training officer and on the East Precinct Community Police Team. He's the author of four books, including "De-Policing America: A Street Cop's View of the Anti-Police State." He's also a contributor to the National Police Association.

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dennis
dennis
3 months ago

”join the discussion”?!…Very well. I`ll be first and only one to discuss the issue. This is only way to have an intelligent discussion.

Gabacho
Gabacho
3 months ago

PoPo’s should be considered our domestic blue helmets !

Sue
Sue
3 months ago

Last I knew, Truckers are welcome in the U.S. of A. If you’re not appreciated where you are, come here !!!! See how they like not having truckers and how we like having them !!!!!!!!!!

hadenuf
hadenuf
3 months ago

IMO, they have played this virus for all it’s worth, and it’s time for people to stop listening to the phonies. It helped them steal an election, we heard Fauci’s lies and everything from motorcycle accident deaths were called “covid!” I think they were just trying to see how much control they could wage, and it needs to stop. Have you heard anything about the “seasonal flu” that we get every year. People with pre-existing conditions died from that for years, but we all were punished once Covid made the scene. Turned many people into “sheeple” and it needs to stop. On Hannity’s show on FOX on 2-16, he had an undercover report with an FDA bigwig, and everybody needs to pull that up and watch it.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
3 months ago

YES overdue, the damn lockdowns & masks DID more damage than virus
Virus was “cover” for Emerg powers
NO more lockdowns
No more Emerg Powers

Joe
Joe
3 months ago

These government tyrants,trudeau,hidenbiden,and others are the enemy of the people, and are trying to start a civil with the middle class American and Canadian citizens that sacifice to run these contries. Drop the the unconstitutional mandates and give us our freedom back, to live and support our families,like it’s suppose to be.Or face anarchy like never before.

NoName
NoName
3 months ago

Absolutely!! Any officer that supports this tyranny is not worthy of his badge to ‘Protect and Serve.’

JediJogun
JediJogun
3 months ago

Tyrannies teeth are Order Followers

Ben Colder
Ben Colder
3 months ago

What ever happened to the idea that cops or soldiers had an obligation to disobey an illegal order?We never hear that any more when the Germans said that all they were doing was obeying orders that was what they were all told.These Canadian gestapo are all obeying illegal orders in my mind Turddough has become a dictator and is issuing illegal orders by having these truckers beat up and that is what is going on the gestapo are beating these guys up after they get them out of sight so I have been reading.Its about to happen in this country all though our gestapo has never been shy about beating the hell out of some one .Why do you think the cops are under siege in the US because a lot of them have been out of control don’t get me wrong I support the cops for the most part but a lot of the departments were shoot first and ask questions later until they can’t get by with it any more.This whole mess in both countries is by design the communists went under ground until they think the time is right for them to take over Turddough Biteme and all the dems and liberals in Canada are down and out communists and are no longer trying to hide it this is out and out revolution.

olga
olga
3 months ago

Police are actually just thugs in the employment of the government. They will follow illegal orders of corrupt politicians in order to keep their precious taxpayer funded pensions.

Ralph Richardson
Ralph Richardson
3 months ago

Cops know the left has nothing but hate for law enforcement. Cops attacking law abiding citizens who have been the only ones to support them will not be a good idea. As these cops sell their soul to evil leftist dictators, they become the enemy. If people do not find a way to put a stop to this push by globalists to destroy freedom, a war will start, and many will die. United we stand. Divided we fall.

M. Eiford
M. Eiford
3 months ago

Cops Not following orders is not the answer. They can be replaced, easily, with those who love to beat others.
The Answer is NO NATIONSL POLICE FORCE.

Police Powers need to be RESERVED EXCLUSIVELY to Counties in America, NOT a STATE, but the COUNTIES, and the Person in Charge….the Sheriff, MUST be Elected by the People. ALL Enforcement of Law must be Directed by Him, in his County.

That is it…close to The People, Controlled by the People, No Emergency Declarations can supercede.