On the one hand, I’d like to see police and government officials held personally liable when they do something totally illegal and outside the bounds of the law.
On the other hand, I think cops have to be given some leeway as they often have to make split second decisions in a dangerous environment.
On the other hand, a LOT of cops are very quick to use deadly force when there are other options available….and they DO hide behind the concept of “Professional immunity” and let the taxpayers of the communities that employ them pay any civil penalties and continue their employment with zero consequences to their actions…..even in instances where the average citizen would be charged with murder or other penalties….
On the other hand, criminals (generally) don’t let themselves be arrested without fighting back, and often that fighting includes deadly force.
On the other hands, cops often abuse their privilege….and fail to “Police” their own ranks of bad cops. In fact,they often unite behind that so called “Blue Wall”.
On the other hand, seeing this, why would any cop do anything, at any time to place their possessions and family and income in jeopardy ? (And despite our attitude towards cops, we DO need ’em.).
On the final hand, note that the income generated by the auction of Deputy Lin FIRST go to the fees claimed by the US Marshalls and other government employees…anything left over (if anything) goes to the victim…..