After Darren Wilson murdered Michael Brown in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, and after the public began to march and to protest and to, yes, push back against a police force seemingly out of control, Dan Page of the St. Louis Police Department was sent in to help maintain order; to protect and serve.
And, as I’ve said before, I believe most police officers are out there doing the right thing, but sadly Dan Page is not one of them, which was revealed after a video surfaced of Page pushing CNN reporter Don Lemon, and others, who were marching in Ferguson.
So, Page garnered a little bit of fame or notoriety, and with that came the inevitable Google searches, and other stories about Dan Page and the kind of police officer, and human being, he truly seems to be. And that video has led to Page’s being removed from his post and will likely start yet another investigation into another police department.
That video, posted to YouTube, shows Dan Page speaking to a group called the Oath Keepers, a "non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, police, and first responders who pledge to fulfill the oath all military and police take to 'defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.'"
Well, that sounds good, right? Except it isn’t the Constitution of the United Sates Dan Page and Oath Keepers eek to defend, it’s some kind of warped, lying Teabagging version of the Constitution.
But here’s what Page said in his speech:
That’s just one of the men sent in to quell the violence, to keep the peace, to protect and serve, in Ferguson; a man who brags about killing; a man who believe the solution to domestic violence is for both parties to kill themselves; a man who paints all Muslims with the terrorist brush.
Luckily Page has been removed from duty after this video appeared, but it makes me wonder just who is his replacement and how does he feel on these same topics? If the new guy is even a shade of the old guy, there is no 'protect and serve.' There is just a kill or be killed mentality, and that’s what started this whole mess in the first place.
You can’t fight murder with murder, hate with hate, and intolerance with more intolerance. We need to investigate those men and women who are permitted to carry arms in our cities; those men and women whose job it is to protect us. We need to know that they are protecting America, and Americans, all Americans, equally and fairly, and not working towards their own bent agenda.
When will we learn?