So this California police officer pulled over a female motorist for speeding, and then decided it would be a good idea to force her to perform oral sex on him under threat of lethal force.
Now, I’m lukewarm on capital punishment as it is applied and implemented in this country, because it’s unevenly and arbitrarily doled out, but there’s one category of offender I’d gladly see on the gurney each and every time: civil servants who abuse their authority to deprive a citizen of their rights under color of law.
We give police officers an extraordinary amount of power and responsibility. A cop can legally use force against a citizen, including lethal force, if he feels the use of it is warranted. To abuse that kind of power—especially in a jurisdiction where the citizenry is legally barred from carrying guns—is an offense that’s more heinous and inexcusable than mere strong-arm robbery by some freelance thug.
I’ve voiced the opinion before that any civil servant guilty of such an offense should face a date with Mr. Potassium Chloride, and I still hold that opinion.
As the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility. With great power and responsibility should come great punishment in case of deliberate and blatantly self-serving misuse, and ten years in Club Fed just ain’t enough for that kind of offense in my book. Maybe if we started putting folks like former officer Sanchez on Federal Death Row, we’d see a reduction in unfit sociopaths trying to make it past the psych evals for law enforcement…or into Congress.