What are Color of Law Crimes?
“Color of law crimes” occur when Government Officials (or others acting with authority) violate someone’s rights using the appearance or “color” of law – thus enforcing unconstitutional statutes, codes, ordinances, policies, etc. Depriving a civilian of their rights (including wrongful evictions, false arrests, & slander) is a type of non-physical injury known as a “Personal Injury” or “bodily injury”, however due to how a “Republic” is designed, the government does not have Authorization to hold officers accountable unless a Citizen actually files a Complaint & follows the Federal Rules of Procedure to enforce the law.
There Are Currently No Minimum Sentences for Several Color of Law Statutes:
- U.S. Code Title 18 §242 Deprivation of rights under color of law currently carries a prison time of “not more than one year” or “if bodily injury results from the acts committed… not more than ten years.“
- U.S. Code Title 18 § 241. Conspiracy against rights carries a minimum sentence of “not more than ten years.“
Without Minimum Sentences, There Can Be No Justice:
Instituting mandatory camcorders on officers and teaching jurisprudence in schools should help deter color of law crimes if Citizens take the time to build cases & enforce these statutes, however, without minimum sentences, these statutes aren’t equipped to actually hold officers accountable & thus deter crime. For instance, although 42 U.S.C. § 1983 authorizes victims to file a civil action to recover damages, when a criminal complaint is filed against the officer, the statutes themselves do not compel the court to sentence the officer.
Minimum Sentences will Increase Safety and Improve Officer/Civilian Relations:
Government officials who commit fraud or color of law crimes constrain relations between a government & its citizenry. They compromise the safety of every law enforcement officer and of every citizen. We propose instituting mandatory 6 month minimum sentences for those found guilty of committing color of law crimes, and in turn we expect government agencies to implement training to keep officers knowledgeable to prevent them from committing these crimes. Please take a moment to
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Special thanks to QuoteFancy.com for the above graphic we’re utilizing in accordance with Fair Use. Wes Fesler was an American football, basketball, and baseball player and coach of football and basketball who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.
A Relevant Scene from The Andy Griffith Show – Andy forces Barney to “Write Himself A Ticket”: