We wish to be supportive of law enforcement leaders, but since when did they get the power to decide which laws they will enforce and which they will ignore?
It’s true that with limited resources, priorities need to be assigned regarding what sorts of crimes will be most vigorously pursued, especially when reviewing the most pressing law enforcement needs at the time. That much we understand.
But to simply decide that a certain body of law is not worthy of enforcement and will thus be ignored is not within the power of the police or sheriffs or any other law enforcement agencies. Those decisions are made by the legislatures and are adjudicated by the court system. If an officer cannot in good conscience enforce the law, he or she should quit and find other work.
What is being built up to here is the sanctuary city issue, in Texas in particular where the law now provides penalties for law enforcement personnel who persist in the creation and maintenance of these zones of lawlessness.
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