Imagine you’re a police officer in California…

Now, imagine a scenario where you’re in a foot chase with a perpetrator. Maybe this guy robbed a liquor store or maybe he killed somebody, but either way, you’re chasing after this guy and you’re losing ground.

Ahead of you is a guy leaning against a wall on his cell phone. He’s watching the whole thing unfold. As the perp is approaching the bystander you yell out, “Stop him!!”

Now… maybe the man can try to block the fleeing suspect or even just put a foot out to trip him – or he can do nothing.

In California, up until recently, choosing to do nothing in this situation could earn someone a misdemeanor charge punishable by a hefty fine of up to $1,000, as per the California Posse Comitatus Act of 1872.

This law made it a misdemeanor for any “able-bodied person 18 years of age or older” to refuse a police officer’s call for assistance in making an arrest.

However…

Governor Gavin Newsom just repealed this 147-year-old law – perhaps taking help away from officers when they truly need it.

A Matter Of Life And Death

For example, say an officer is trying to make an arrest and the perpetrator is resisting. A fight ensues and the perpetrator is bigger and stronger than the officer…

A couple of guys just happens to walk by and see the melee and the officer yells, “Help! He’s going for my gun… he’s going for my gun!”

The group has two choices: they can decide to help the officer in distress…

Or they can choose to keep walking.

Again, before Newsom repealed the California Posse Comitatus Act of 1872, these gentlemen could have been charged with a misdemeanor or MORE if the officer in this scenario were hurt or killed…

But not anymore.

Now, it’s easy to see why conservatives would be torn over this subject…

A true conservative believes that the government should not force us to do ANYTHING that we don’t want to do – up to and including helping an officer apprehend or survive an encounter with a criminal.

However, at the same time, it seems ridiculous to NOT want to give our men and women in uniform all the help they can get.

Not everybody has a sense of civic duty…

Not everybody can be counted on to do the right thing when the chips are down…

So, this law was a little bit of a cattle prod to force a little action out of ordinary citizens when needed.

But, to be honest, you’d be hard-pressed to find any conservative that wants to be coerced into doing anything because of the threat of monetary penalty…

So, taking this law OFF the books may have been the right play.

The Right Decision For The Wrong Reason

The question is…

Why?

Why did this century-and-a-half old law come under fire?

Because some Leftist is trying to virtue signal.

Seriously, the reasoning they’re giving for repealing this law is because it was used to enforce the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850…

So, Senate Bill 192, sponsored by Democrat Bob Hertzberg, removed the law from the books. The Senator claims the act is “a vestige of a bygone era” and it puts citizens in “an untenable moral dilemma.”

Helping a fellow human should not be a “moral dilemma”.

Helping keep law and order on the streets of our cities is essential to our society…

Laws are the anchors that keep us from falling back to our animalistic natures. Assisting those who are trying to uphold those laws should be a moral imperative, not a dilemma.

This law may have helped save some lives over the years…

It’s a shame to think that a Governor thinks so little of the people that put their lives on the line every day.

 

“Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.” ― Mark Twain