We learned two important facts last week.
Lawlessness is not confined to blue state hellholes. And police who protect the lawless at the expense of the law–abiding are also not confined to blue state hellholes.
Plano, TX is a north Dallas suburb where the soapy TV oil drama ‘Dallas’ was filmed in the ‘70s. The city has a population of over 287,000 and median family income is $101,616.00. At first glance the city is not similar to East St. Louis, Detroit or Ferguson.
That changed somewhat last week.
A Burn, Loot, Murder protest, as like to call BLM, blocked an intersection in Plano and backing up traffic.
Texas penal code 42.03 defines the offense of “Obstructing Highway or Other Passageway” thusly: “A person commits an offense if, without legal privilege or authority, he intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly: obstructs a highway, street, sidewalk, railway, waterway, elevator, aisle, hallway, entrance, or exit to which the public or a substantial group of the public has access, or any other place used for the passage of persons, vehicles, or conveyances, regardless of the means of creating the obstruction and whether the obstruction arises from his acts alone or from his acts and the acts of others.”
Obstructing a highway is currently a misdemeanor (the legislature is looking to promote the offense to a felony) with a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $2,000 fine.
Obstructing a highway is exactly what happened in Plano, yet the response by authorities was more Portland than Texas.
When a driver left his blocked car and demanded to know where the cops were, the policeman on the scene treated the driver as the offender instead of the mob.
If you’ve seen the viral video of the incident, you will be aware that the driver was a few degrees past irate when he approached the mob and its pet policeman.
It was a tense situation.
But it was also a situation that would not have existed if the cop had done his job.
Instead of standing inert, the officer should have cleared the mob out of the intersection and allowed traffic to flow. If he couldn’t do it alone, he should have called for backup.
It’s too bad the single driver wasn’t joined by all the rest of the drivers demanding the comatose cop do his job. At the very least every driver in the intersection should have been calling 9–1–1 and demanding action. Then the next time the Plano city council meets, they should show up en masse to demand answers from the politicians allegedly in charge.
Conservatives have been reflexive in instantly opposing leftist demands to “defund the police.”
We now think the response should be more nuanced.
Instead of just sending the money to the police department, we think that in the future the funding should come with clear expectations from law–abiding taxpayers as to exactly what they expect from the police in return for their money.
Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker's bureau. Read Michael Reagan's Reports — More Here.
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