Students at Umpqua Community College have been through enough without having police violate their rights and treat them like convicted felons without a trial.
But that’s exactly what happened.
After the tragic shooting by a sicko, police proceeded to force both students and faculty to walk in lines with their hands behind their heads like they were prisoners. The police then proceeded to search backpacks without a warrant.
Here’s the problem and the deal: panicked people who are afraid (or simply unwilling) to take care of themselves and protect themselves will say that the police were right in doing this because the world is scary and you don’t know who else has a gun. The fact of the matter is: the police never have a right to violate anyone’s rights without a court order, regardless of the reason.
Why? It’s simple, really:
If you can’t trust them to stay out of your business when they do not have a good reason to get into it, they won’t. And that’s exactly what we’re seeing now.