Now They Attack the Third Amendment


Attacks on the First and Second Amendments are in the news daily. Next comes the Third. It reads:
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
That isn’t easy to reconcile with this:
The Mitchell family, in a lawsuit filed July 1, detailed the incident from July 10, 2011. According to the complaint, it all began when the Henderson (Nevada) city police called Anthony Mitchell that morning to say they needed his house to gain “tactical advantage” in a domestic violence investigation in the neighborhood.
The situation turned ugly when Mitchell refused repeated requests to leave and police smashed through the door, the 18-page complaint states.
Mitchell alleges the police, upon entering his home, forced him to the floor at gunpoint, then shot him and his “cowering” dog with a few rounds of pepper-spray pellets. Police then allegedly handcuffed and arrested Mitchell in connection with “obstructing a police officer” before occupying his home.
It didn’t end at Anthony Mitchell’s house in suburban Las Vegas, the complaint continues. That same day, the officers also took over the home of Mitchell’s parents, Linda and Michael Mitchell, who live in the same neighborhood and are named as plaintiffs.
It may be up to the courts (i.e., the government itself) whether police who behave like storm troopers and treat the civilian population as the enemy qualify as soldiers, and whether occupying a house under these circumstance amounts to quartering. But it’s up to We the People whether we will continue to allow the situation to deteriorate regarding flagrant abuse of authority by Big Government at all levels.

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