I have been around the community for many years now, mostly patrolling the streets alongside YOU, my peers, and colleagues. I have seen and heard everything that has gone through the State, good and bad. I have fulfilled my duties through multiple departments and positions. It has come time for me to take the next step into the future of Firestone, so here I am.
Over the past few months of my patrol as a Law Enforcement Officer and Citizen of this state, I have seen many issues arise. First of all, Corruption within the law has begun to rise. I’m not pointing fingers or firing blame on any certain individual, but the community as a whole. As of right now, any LEO can detain, hold, and arrest any citizen of the state for absolutely no reason. You may be saying, well there are laws for that and it’s not true! There are laws in place that have no impact on this specific problem. An officer could detain any civilian for a BOLO or even just make up a reason. When confronted, the officer can state that the offense happened an hour ago or previously in the day. You may now be saying, “Well can’t the citizen sue for false arrest?” And the answer is yes, however when a lawsuit is brought up for false arrest, it needs physical evidence or the case is IMMEDIATELY denied. Now think to yourself, how is somebody supposed to have evidence of them NOT committing a crime, let alone the said crime taking place hours before you even join the game! There is no way around this. Plus, if the case makes it to trial the officer just has to state that they forgot the situation and all will be excused – as seen in a recent case.
The next problem is the lack of a Statute of Limitations for in-game offenses. A person may have committed a crime one day and successfully evaded law enforcement. They leave the county and join back the next day to immediately get arrested for the offense that occurred the previous day. This is absurd, if an officer has PC to arrest the next day, a warrant should be filed through the courts instead. There is no reason to bring charges over from the day before other than an officer not having real PC and an uncontrollable grudge.
These flaws are inexcusable. I have seen these happen firsthand while on patrol. No citizen, or non-law-abiding civilian, deserves their rights to be taken away. Think about it, without these non-law-abiding citizens, the Firestone community would die out again, like early 2023.
Nobody wants this!
Solution and Concluding Statement
The state legislature is lacking the necessary needs to prevent the problems listed above. I will work to create new laws that are fair to both LEO’s and civilians. Focusing mainly on creating restrictions and limitations while continuing to allow all officers to carry out their lawful duties. As a LEO myself, I took an oath to uphold the Constitution and to do what’s right, just like many of you reading this. We need to stand together and defend the state from these rising problems.