Amid the seemingly constant barrage of negative law enforcement stories, it is important to remember and highlight the officers who fight to uphold the eroding rights of the American public.
Videos from across the country featuring such officers have skyrocketed in popularity, gaining hundreds of thousands of views from liberty-loving patriots worldwide.
Here are the top 3 encounters with officers who honored their oath:
Staff Sgt. Guthrie Protects the First Amendment
A journalist attempting to film a report near the Moody Air Force Base in Georgia last June was held by police and falsely told that his actions were illegal.
As the officers continued their unconstitutional detainment, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Guthrie approached the scene.
“They need to go back and read the Constitution, I believe,” Guthrie said, referring to the officers. “I’m not angry at you, I’m not upset at you, and you’re not doing anything illegal as far as I’m concerned.”
Due to Guthrie’s principled stand, the journalists were able to continue their constitutionally-protected activity without further interruption.
Sheriff Stan Lenic Refuses Unconstitutional Orders
Two activists distributing flyers on the dangers of x-ray body scanners at New York’s Albany International Airport in 2012 were stopped and harassed by the airport’s director of public affairs.
Refusing to have their rights infringed upon, the pair continued their information campaign as the airport employee stepped up his attack. After closing off the entire level and demanding the activists obtain a permit and a $1 million dollar insurance liability, the employee resorted to alerting Sheriff Stan Lenic.
“Obviously this is your constitutional right, as far as we’re concerned you’re not breaking any laws,” Lenic told the activists.
Not only did Sheriff Lenic refuse to stop the activists, he also refused requests from the director to take their IDs, exemplifying the true duty of an American peace officer.
Deputy Paul Buell Respects the Second Amendment
Open carry activists in Michigan who were approached by a local sheriff last year were pleasantly surprised by the response they received.
Deputy Paul Buell, who approached the open carry group after receiving a call, immediately began congratulating the activists for their dedication.
“This is what I call dedication to the cause, out here in the rain,” Buell said. “I’m out to catch bad guys, not people that are exercising their constitutional rights.”
Without ever once asking for anyone’s ID or detaining the group, Buell took time to share his love of the Constitution with the activists.
“When I got into this line of work because I was a young constitutionalist like yourselves, I said ‘I wanna work for the sheriff’… to me it’s very personal. I hold it in my heart because it’s constitutional.”
Hopefully, peace officers such as these three, who clearly embody the true nature of public service, will serve as an example to law enforcement groups across the country.