Blessed Are The Sheriff Meeks, For They Shall Inherit Texas
Sept. 10, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — In the wake of backlash following Hunt County, Texas Deputy Joshua Robinson’s “no bill” allegedly assaulting a pregnant woman during the execution of a child custody warrant, Sheriff Randy Meeks has become the latest government official to wrap himself in the cloak of religious authority.
A recent op-ed published in the Hunt County Herald-Banner shows the good Sheriff’s sincerely held religious belief that citizens who refuse to blindly comply with a law enforcement officer’s every demand are violating God’s law, and need to revisit their Scriptures if they want to avoid burning in the fires of perdition.
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.
Sheriff Meeks is upset the world isn’t giving more deference to law enforcement and allowing for that “innocent until proven guilty” stance for cops, you see, because even though an internal investigation of Deputy Robinson’s conduct found “no policies were violated,” and a grand jury found no evidence sufficient to indict the Deputy, people are still upset that a thirty second video shows deputies beating a very pregnant lady in her own home. Not wishing to miss out on the ability to get on board the “cop lives matter” bandwagon for his own purposes, Sheriff Meeks believes this is an indicator of just how badly cops are treated when incidents such as this come up in the news media.
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!
Perhaps Sheriff Meeks and his deputies don’t have the increased benefits of a Law Enforcement Bill of Rights, and therefore need protection though God’s law when one of their own commits a brutal act of savagery.
It’s not enough that Deanna Robinson, the subject of the beating in question, was charged with “interference with child custody” by the same grand jury that refused to indict the deputy. No, this series of “unfortunate events,” added with the recent shooting of Deputy Darren Goforth, means Sheriff Meeks must speak out about the egregious treatment of law enforcement across the nation. Make no mistake, this is a man who is speaking from behind the comfort of a shield and wrapping himself in the cloak of morality to justify an amoral act.
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.
No, Sheriff Meeks, it’s not that we don’t want law and order. What we want an end to the culture of lies, obfuscation, and brutality that has pervaded the national dialogue on the “warrior cop” mentality. We want an end to this repeated discussion, every time someone wearing a badge and possessing the ability to take a person’s life oversteps his or her bounds just because someone didn’t comply with an officer’s every demand.
If an elected official like Sheriff Meeks now chooses to wrap himself and his office in the righteous armor of the Lord, we need to have a national discussion on how obeying “God’s Law” will extend this overreach of police as they maim and kill in the performance of their job.
Sheriff Meeks closes out his op-ed with a series of “thank you’s,” one particularly worthy of discussion on its own merits.
“First, I want to thank the local defense attorneys (with the exception of one, her assistant and her investigator) who chose not to go against your local officials. You chose loyalty and integrity over making a buck.”
Presumably, the excluded attorney is Carol Gustin, who took the case of Deanna Robinson. For most lawyers, that would be considered our duty. We call it “zealously” asserting “the client’s position under the rules of the adversary system,” even if that language has disappeared from the Rules of Professional Conduct in many jurisdictions. That’s what lawyers call chosing “loyalty and integrity,” not just “making a buck,” as you would have the public believe.
Sheriff Meeks believes the authority of the Bible trumps the authority of Texas and federal law, and chooses to cite chapter and verse to support his position, I’d like to point him in the direction of Romans 12, verses 14 and 17:
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.”
“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right.”
Maybe Sheriff Meeks needs to rethink appeals to a higher power the next time one of his deputies beats a pregnant woman.