Seattle cop urges police not to enforce ‘tyrannical orders,’ even if it costs their job: ‘We don’t have the authority’

Police officer Greg Anderson fired urges law enforcement
Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was fired for urging fellow law enforcement to not abuse their powers. “We don’t get to violate people’s Constitutional rights because somebody in our chain of command tells us otherwise.”

Seattle police officer Greg Anderson is disgusted that his fellow cops are trampling on people’s Constitutionally-guaranteed civil liberties to enforce “tyrannical” coronavirus lockdowns.

Anderson is a 10-year law-enforcement veteran and an Army Special Operations vet who fought in Iraq. He works for the Port of Seattle Police Department.

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BizPac Review learned that Anderson was fired for posting an emotional video where he urged his fellow police officers to not abuse their power amid the draconian, one-size-fits-all lockdowns.

The Port of Seattle Police Department declined to comment when BizPac Review called for comment about Officer Anderson’s firing.

In a statement, Anderson said, “I’ve received tons of questions regarding my termination from the Port of Seattle Police. I have been placed on administrative leave (still being paid) pending investigation. I was told by both the agency and my union that this will result in termination due to it being an insubordination charge for refusing to take down the video. I’m not sure what the timeline looks like. I walk un-intimidated into the fray. Thank you for all the support.”

In his video, a frustrated Greg Anderson said: “As a police officer, I’m compelled to make this video. I’ve seen officers nationwide enforcing tyrannical orders against the people.”

Anderson said he’s horrified that some cops are intimidating, fining, and arresting people for going to church or to the park. He said this is wrong.

“Every time I turn on the television, every time I go on the Internet, I see people arrested or cited for going to church, for going surfing, for opening their businesses, for going to the park with their families, or doing nails out of their own house.

And having undercover agents go there and arrest them and charge them with a crime. I don’t know what crime people are committing by doing nails in their own house. But we’re seeing this more and more.

And we need to start looking at ourselves as officers and thinking, ‘Is what I’m doing right?'”


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Greg Anderson said power-tripping police officers and politicians are endangering him and other conscientious law-enforcement agents by eroding the public trust.

“What they’re doing is, they’re putting my job and safety at risk because you’re widening the gap between public trust and law enforcement officers,” Anderson said.

“I want to remind you that regardless of where you stand on the coronavirus, we don’t have the authority to do those things to people just because a mayor or a governor tells you otherwise,” he said. “I don’t care if it’s your sergeant or your chief of police — we don’t get to violate people’s Constitutional rights because somebody in our chain of command tells us otherwise. That’s not how this country works.”

Officer Anderson pointed out that the Declaration of Independence explicitly states that the power that politicians and law enforcement have is because “the people” consented to it.  But once you violate people’s rights, that implicit social contract is void.

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Anderson explained: “Our power and any government officials’ power is derived FROM THE PEOPLE. We don’t hold power over our citizens. It’s contradictory to everything our country stands for.”

Officer Anderson — a father of three — is worried that continued violation of Americans’ civil liberties could erupt into a violent revolution.

“I’m afraid that these actions are going to wake a sleeping giant — i.e., the American people,” Anderson said. “They’re going to be put in a position where they won’t have their rights trampled anymore. If this continues, we’re going to see bloodshed in the streets.”

Anderson then threw down the gauntlet to other law-enforcement officers and urged them to do the right thing.

Anderson said: “You need to stand up for what’s right. If you’re part of a department or an agency that is asking their officers to infringe on people’s freedoms, you need to step up and say, ‘No. That’s not what I signed up for and that’s going against my oath.’ And if that costs you your job, so be it. But at least you’ll be able to look at yourself in the mirror at night.”

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