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Vet sues Wyoming Barney Fifes that don’t understand their jobs

Written By: Bob - Sep• 27•12

Nip it in the bud. Wyoming Sheriff’s Deputy Corry Bassett (pictured) needs a new career.

Well, I made it one day before I was forced to point out the deplorable state of American law enforcement. At least this time the cops didn’t gun down an innocent civilian without provocation.

They just threatened it:

A Wyoming sheriff’s deputy who detained a combat veteran in handcuffs for openly carrying a pistol offered to let him go if he agreed to let another deputy draw his weapon and shoot if the veteran made any sudden moves while driving away, court records show.

Capt. Robert Pierson, a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter pilot who has served two combat tours in Afghanistan, filed a civil rights lawsuit over the August 2011 incident.

Pierson, 31, of Pensacola, Fla., was carrying the pistol, which is legal in Wyoming, when he was pulled over by Deputy Corry Bassett of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

In a sworn statement this month, Bassett acknowledged he offered to release Pierson if he allowed Deputy Rob Andazola to draw his weapon and cover Pierson.

Pierson declined the offer and was released without a citation when a supervisor arrived.

That was deplorable enough as it was, but Deputy Derp wasn’t quite done yet. Listen with rapt attention as he explains how he has been trained that he is better than you.

Bassett said in the sworn statement that he had been trained to put his personal safety above the rights of a citizen openly carrying a handgun.

“We’re told every day, our safety is first,” he said. “We’re here to come home every night.”

You don’t get unlimited extra rights issued along with your badge, Bubba.

You have limited extra duties and obligations, none of which raise your individual importance above that of other law-abiding citizens. When law enforcement officers exercise rigid and repressive controls over the population, that is the very definition of a “police state,” and that will not be tolerated.

You don’t get to put someone else’s safety at risk—and it is assault with a deadly weapon under color of law no matter what the local prosecutor states—without just cause. Protip: having a ego conflict with a combat pilot because eh recognizes you as a dufus with a badge doesn’t get you anywhere close to just cause.

If Corry Bassett and Rob Andazola want a guarantee of coming home from work every night… well, screw them. Nobody gets that guarantee, not the best or most deserving of us, whether they’re cops, ministers, nurses, or bakers.

These deputies chose this career for themselves, and appear in this instance to be doing it very badly. Nobody forced them to become deputies, though perhaps a judge should suggest strongly that both of them stop. (h/t SayUncle)

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  1. mightysamurai says:

    Actually as law enforcement agents, isn’t it really the opposite? Aren’t they trained to put other people’s safety above their own so they can protect the citizenry?

  2. Deputy Derp was simply articulating the 1st Rule of Policing … come home at the end of your shift.

    Everything else come second.

  3. Orion says:

    So Protect And Serve becomes Protect Myself and Self-Serving

    Fits. And people wonder why folks have lost faith in the Police.


  4. daheffalump says:

    *grammar nazi hat ON*
    I think that after police state, you meant to say will NOT be tolerated.
    *grammar nazi hat OFF*
    I agree. She was not acting as a peace officer, just a police officer. Completely different things.

  5. Steven says:

    BTW bob – your link USED to work, but now says “Sorry, that page does not exist” – not sure why, just wanted to let you know.