Now THIS Is Abuse Of Police Power

Andy and Opie

No riots are anticipated, fortunately.

Police Lt. Brian Keller, an assistant sheriff,  used his unmarked black Dodge Charger, with emergency lights flashing, to stop a school bus so he could hand his son his lunch, which the boy left home without. The bus was not within Keller’s jurisdiction….not that his actions would be much better it it has been.

There was a complaint,  which Lake County (Illinois) officials are investigating.

This is the kind of thing Sheriff Andy Taylor might have done for Opie in little Mayberry, but such abuse of power is neither cute nor funny outside of TV Land. I don’t care if he’s a single dad (like Andy); it doesn’t even matter if the kid had crucial, life saving prescription drugs in the lunch bag—insulin, maybe. Using official authority for a personal matter like this is the sign of an untrustworthy cop who doesn’t comprehend his job. It is small wonder that police labor under the public presumption that they don’t respect the law or the limitations of their authority.


Pointer: Mediaite

13 thoughts on “Now THIS Is Abuse Of Police Power

  1. That poor bus driver. Being pulled over and having no idea why is bad enough when your livelihood doesn’t depend directly upon your driving record.

    • Poor kid. The humiliation would be enough, but the power-play aspect automatically sets him apart from his classmates, leaving him vulnerable to jealousy, much less bullying. He’s the “higher power” dad will have to answer to.

  2. Idle curiosity…if the bus driver had elected not to stop, since the cop was out of his jurisdiction, could the bus driver then face charges?

  3. I am grateful for your site..

    Your Doing a Good thing.

    Thank you

    Nonetheless “Face Palm”

    I find the incident humorous not at all concerning..

    I have no trouble with firing Peace Officers who abuse their powers..I am with you all the way in that.

    This in no way is such an event. What is more concerning is our loss of a sense of proportionality.

    Being a Peace Officer increasingly sucks anymore for many of them..

    The overwhelming majority join Departments not to be thugs with guns and badges but to do good.. I feel for them.. I know from my Career as a Marine NCO then Army Officer the problems Americans have with Peace Officers are the result of a failure in Senior Leadership.. Not a failure by the average Patrolmen or Sgt.

    A$$holes in Leadership and Pernicious Political Agendas by Elected and Appointed Officials have Peace Officers enforcing ridiculous laws and meddling in the lives of average Americans.

    Police Unions and Political Activists (Such as the Anti-Gun Anti-Patriot Crowd) are constantly bleating how the Officers face a Horde of Zombie Killers.. and their Lives are in serious peril every moment of everyday.
    “Coming home at night” has become an agenda driven mantra overriding the true higher priority which in fact is the People’s Welfare their Civil Rights and Liberties.. even for the “bad actors” who are such a tiny minority the Political Establishment and Courts (Politically driven) must find every way possible to get them back on the streets and out there wreaking the society..

    The Average Peace Officer is driven crazy by that ..just as any other thinking person.

    Manipulation of the Police by the Political Class does not make the Average Peace Officer our enemy and to change things they cannot be our primary focus.. Change the SOPs, Change the Policies , Change the Laws.. Change the Political Powers and Agendas… Then we will have Officer Friendly Back.

    This Patrolmen bringing his boy lunch should be one of those few humorous feel good moments our response? A smile and a laugh.

    “Power Play”? my Backside… Mom in a Station Wagon waiving at the bus driver who recognized her would have gotten the same result at least in the past .

    It makes those complaining about such an innocuous event look small and petty..and the issues you are bring forth trying to address are neither..
    They are absolutely important for just America.

    There are plenty of instances where people do misuse their positions for their personal/political gain..

    They deserve to be excoriated. They deserve to be fired… removed from office, other way to put it.

    At the same time let’s keep our sense of proportionality and fairness..

    After all that is what we want from others like Peace Officers… isn’t it?

    That is called Leading By Example…

    Keep up the good work.

    Nobody Special

      • That said, however—WHAT? It’s not a mater of proportion. It’s a matter of people carrying guns and badges thinking they get to do things the rest of us would be arrested for. This is a line that can’t be crossed by eating fruit stand apples without paying for them, getting away with off-duty speeding tickets and using authority to stop buses for personal convenience. All are abuse of authority, and proportion is irrelevant—it is absolutely wrong for matters big or small.

        • It’s just me, Jack, trolling again…that word, “abuse,” just sticks in my throat at the first “a…” nowadays.

          If you don’t have authority to do something, yet you manage to persuade someone else to think you do have that authority, and use that successful persuasion to exert authority (that you don’t have) over that persuaded person, then I don’t call that “abuse” of authority. I call that USURPATION of authority.

          Maybe I’m just at war with myself about semantics: The usurper abuses the victim, who submits to authority that does not exist. You can’t abuse what you don’t have. But you can abuse whomever is suckered into thinking that you have what you don’t have.

          I don’t write this to correct you, just to offer a different terminology to consider for “abusers” of authority and power. I want abuse to be thought of as personalized, so that someONE is abused, not someTHING. So, I offer (and am trying to discipline myself to use) “usurpation.” I think “usurp” sounds and looks a lot uglier and crueler than “abuse.”

    • You will find no greater advocate for cops than I am and calling for this guy’s job, based on this incident alone may well be an overreaction, but it is unlawful and can’t be ignored. You have to be able to trust that the police are stopping you for a good reason, or at least some reason, other than personal convenience or comedy. This is obvious, right?

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