Criminals Impersonating Cops: What Does That Mean for Self-Defense?

In many states, they try to jail you for videotaping them. They will break into your home in a blitzkrieg, sometimes burning babies. If you shoot to defend yourself as they break into your home with guns drawn, they will charge you with murder. I could go on and on.

Of course, I’ve had some great experiences with police officers. One was so helpful with a flat tire and never bothered to ask to see my ID. I wanted to send a letter of commendation to his superior saying he acted as if there was no war on terror. But I figured that wouldn’t be appreciated.

The bottom line is that some cops are taught to expect unconditional compliance to their every whim and the system seems to protect such people. Thus, we are right to be concerned that bad police are being rewarded and, thus, good police being weeded out gradually.

How much sense does it make to expect people to hold up their hands and hope that home invaders are really cops and don’t plan to execute them on the spot?

There is another complication, as recently mentioned in this story in the Florida Times-Union:

A 20-year-old St. Augustine man was arrested after he pulled over an unmarked car driven by a detective, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Matthew Michael Lee McMahon was charged Tuesday with unlawfully displaying blue lights and impersonating a law enforcement officer.

When detective Justin Anderson legally passed an older-model Ford Crown Victoria on International Golf Parkway about 8:35 p.m. Monday, he saw blue and red lights activated inside the car, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Spokeswoman Catherine Payne said Anderson pulled over to the shoulder and the suspect’s vehicle pulled behind the detective’s car then drove away.

However, then Anderson turned on his blue lights.

McMahon, the person driving the Crown Victoria, told several stories about why he had the lights. Anderson did not immediately arrest McMahon, but after determining his story to be false a warrant was issued, Payne said.

However, Tuesday afternoon McMahon drove to the Sheriff’s Office to turn in the blue lights and bumped into Anderson in the lobby, Payne said. He was arrested and booked into the jail in lieu of $5,500.

So what was McMahon using those lights to do? Was he simply having fun stopping people? Or was he practicing some of his own “asset forfeiture”? Did he get his jollies from cavity searches? Does he merely like to frisk women, or men?

Expecting people to submit to such indignities is to train them to be victimized, if not by real police (assuming their office elevates them so that their actions cannot be criticized), then by fake ones.

Which begs the question: When they are committing injustice what is the real difference?