Case and point: A Milwuakee police officer sped after his girlfriend in a jealous rage while drunk, and pulled a gun on the occupants.
Madrigal pointed his gun at the people inside the Explorer and said: "Open the door or I'll kill you. Open the door or I'll shoot you in the head," according to the complaint. Madrigal and the other passenger from the Charger stood on the Explorer's running boards and shouted at the people inside the vehicle while Madrigal pointed his gun at them, the complaint said.
The conviction for this crime? 4 Misdemeanors
Now this, also from Wisconsin:
A jury convicted Jorge L. Madrigal, 25, of four misdemeanors: disorderly conduct, operating a firearm while intoxicated and two counts of intentionally pointing a gun at a person, online court records state.
A Wyocena man faces time in prison on charges that he threatened two people with a loaded gun while intoxicated.
Michael M. Dawson, 52, of Wyocena, was ordered held on $2,500 cash bail at an initial hearing Thursday in Columbia County Circuit Court.
This is what Michael Dawson was charged with:
Dawson is charged with two felony counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety with use of a dangerous weapon as domestic abuse, and with misdemeanor domestic disorderly conduct with use of a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor bail jumping.
When you punish one group of people more harshly than another, it is an infringement on the basic concept of liberty and equality. These police officers who are apparently 1st class citizens normally get off with reduced sentences when they commit crimes, and it's just not right. It has been said that Law Enforcement officials are held to a "higher standard" than the rest of us. It couldn't have been put better than Injustice Everywhere's David when he wrote:
“Held to a higher standard”… in our vernacular, this term is generally understood to describe how some people are kept to stricter adherence to rules and who face greater penalties than others if that strict adherence somehow falters.However these police are being evidenced of being held to lower standards. In fact, most of the cases I research, the police officers keep their jobs! Or successfully sue to get their job back. Citizens on the other hand, miss a day of work from being arrested, and lose their jobs for good, with no way of suing to get said job back. This inequality must stop or the results will be ever increasing tensions between citizens and 1st class citizens, which I fear will ultimately bring about more violence to members of both parties. The solution is simple, equality now, and save the future... If it's a Felony in your state to open carry, then police in that state should NOT open carry. If threatening someone while drunk is a felony, it should STAY a felony regardless of your job title. Seems pretty simple, right?