I get concerned when I see some of the strong rhetoric flying from both sides. Why are there two sides? We are all in the same Constitutional Republic known as the United States of America, right? Do we have our choices limited to hating Ryan Frederick or hating Law Enforcement? I hope not!
Having said that, it is my position that Det. Shivers life was ended in part by poor policy, and a lack of guide line review and execution. No matter your work environment or type of employment, if there is a lack of process review and assessment ,or if there is poor instruction/supervision by those with higher pay grades, the rank and file WILL do things that they KNOW they really shouldn’t. Human nature.
Evidence at this point does point to poor, possibly unethical, planning and execution. It does appear that Ryan Frederick was thrust into a terrible situation. Enough was not done to protect the life of Shivers or Frederick. The whole point behind “overwhelming force”, Tactical strategy, and superior training is to be SO effective that it gets the job done while best protecting our law enforcement as well as those that are innocent until proved guilty in a court of law.
As a Libertarian, I have high regard for Public Safety. We Libertarians believe that the function of government is to protect the INDIVIDUAL from “Force” and “Fraud”. Law Enforcement is therefore a crucial tool to execute said purposes. I see no gain by needlessly bashing the police. OUR guys on the street protecting us from crime did not create the laws nor CPD policy. As Doc Tabor mentioned in another post, that responsibility lies further up the line of command.
To Chesapeake officers and interested parties I’d like to say that: just because one is upset with the reckless endangerment of Shivers and Frederick, just because we insist that there were far safer times and means of investigation/warrant execution, we distrust the idea of relying so much on criminal informants, and insist that the line of ethics, law, and safety not be crossed………………….that doesn’t mean that Libertarians or anyone else, can’t also care about our fellow citizens that happen to be employed in Public Safety.
What happened was wrong. The CPD messed up. How dare I say that? Det. Shivers died. That in itself is enough to support my contention. Even if Ryan Frederick was the vile villain that some try to paint him as, this one man should never have been put into the situation where he had to make those choices. Or have been allowed opportunity to do so, for that matter. You can not tell me that protecting SMALL amounts of marijuana/evidence is worth putting an officer/husband/father’s life in jeopardy. Huge marijuana manufacturing evidence could not be flushed as Doc Tabor previously pointed out.
The best we can hope for is that the death of Shivers will serve to protect his fellow officers……and citizens in the future through bringing procedural reform. Otherwise, Det. Shivers died for absolutely nothing!
The CPD, the family of Shivers, Ryan Frederick, and the citizens at large deserve a complete and open investigation. The root cause of this horror must be identified and corrected. Shivers and our Constitutional Republic deserve no less. Yes, there will be associated pain but, to best protect lives and our freedom, it must be done.
Yes, I am outraged. Individual rights were not protected, the CPD administration appears to be inept, Det. Shivers needlessly died, and Ryan Frederick at this point does APPEAR to have thought his life was in peril and had his life ruined by poor execution of a warrant. We ALL lose.
All the name calling achieves nothing but to divide us. United we stand. Divided, it becomes “us vs. them”. When the police see us, or we see the police as the enemy, things have gone horribly wrong. We should all be outraged by that and insist that steps are taken to prevent this kind of tragedy from ever happening again.
My sympathies go out to the Shivers family, the Frederick family, and those of us that thought we were all supposed to be Americans on the same side.
My thanks go out to Police and Fire for saving lives and protecting rights/property every day.
Thanks also to good freedom loving Libertarians like Dr. Don Tabor for taking personal time to keep everyone informed. Sometimes our governments need to be reminded that the public will hold them accountable. Efforts like this serve to help protect our rights and even the lives of officers and fellow citizens alike.
My deepest thanks are reserved for the crafters of the Constitution.