Texas Sheriff: Cops Get Their Authority from God


Forget the Texas Constitution, Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks, who you may remember from his departments excessive force incidents, wants you to know that his authority is granted by God and you must obey him because the Bible says so.

Just days after a Hunt County grand jury cleared one of his deputies in the beating of then pregnant Deanna Robinson, Sheriff Meeks strung a few sentences together in a print only edition letter to the Herald Banner, titled “Can no longer be silent about what country allows.”

Meeks still can’t comprehend why anyone would be outraged when they see, with their own eyes, a deputy repeatedly punch a pregnant woman in the back while her unborn child is pinned against a kitchen counter.  Meeks conveys his distaste for the international spotlight that has recently been shined on his department by claiming that criminals are innocent until proven guilty, while his deputies are guilty until proven innocent.

“Due to recent events, I can no longer be silent concerning what our country allows.  It is amazing to me that the criminals who break into our homes and steal from us, those who sell drugs to our children, those who abuse innocent and defenseless children, those who rape our wives and daughters, those who commit cold-blooded murders are all innocent until proven guilty.

Yet, law enforcement officers are found guilty as soon as it “appears” that the officer has done something wrong.  Way before the whole incident can be reviewed and the TRUTH obtained, that officer is found guilty and nobody cares what the facts are.  This folks, is a travesty!”

I can only assume that the Sheriff is referring to the court of public opinion and not actual legal judgments, as everyone, including scumbag cops, are innocent until proven guilty.

Personally, I believe we all inherently know right from wrong.  Most of us know that it is wrong to hit or steal.  Therefore, when a video is released showing criminal behavior, regardless of the uniform, the average human being will exhibit some form of outrage.  Whether it be a gas station robbery, or a cop strangling a man to death, the court of public opinion will not wait for the injustice system to play out.  Video does not lie.

Meeks continues…

“Do officers make mistakes?  Absolutely!  Are there some bad officers?  Yes, a few slip through the cracks, but not many… which leads me to the point of my letter.  What has our country come to?  When will we wake up to the fact that a country established “under God” is now a Godless nation.  People evidently don’t want law and order.  They want to kill, threaten and to harm the very officers who are in place to protect them.

Guess where that authority comes from to law enforcement?  It comes from God.  Read Romans 13:1 in the Bible.  And while you are at it, you folks in Ferguson, Baltimore, Arlington and here, take a Gander at Romans 13:2″

In case you don’t have that verse committed to memory, it reads:   1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.

We all know Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and Mao Zedong were just doing God’s work, and their dissidents are burning in a fiery pit.  I much prefer Thomas Jefferson’s motto, “Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God.”

Since I became vocal against the police state, a lot of people have gone out of their way to remind me of the same argument the Sheriff makes that “not all cops are bad.”  I generally give them the benefit of the doubt that most cops are in fact good people.

However, as governments around the world go broke, cops are increasingly used as a revenue generation tool, to shake down motorists and otherwise peaceful, law abiding citizens of their hard earned money under the guise of public safety.  When an officer pulls you over for an illegal lane change, that officer is using the threat of violence to extract wealth from you to the ever growing political class and their cronies.  Enforcing the whims of corrupt politicians without as much as questioning the morality of their actions leads even the most well-intentioned police officers to be considered bad.  Otherwise they will ostracized.

Meeks closes out his letter by hilariously thanking the local defense attorneys (except one… and her assistant… and her investigator.)  And he also thanks the local media, local television stations and other news outlets for being professional–“not all of you were, but for the most part you did your job professionally and with integrity.”

Lastly, the Sheriff thanks all the men and woman of law enforcement who “put their lives on the line every day.”  Even though statistically, police work didn’t even make the top 10 dangerous jobs list.



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Brett Sanders is a liberty activist, Bitcoin advocate, voluntaryist and investigative journalist based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. His work has been featured on CBS 11, Photography Is Not a Crime, CopBlock.org, and TheLibertyBeat.com

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