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Seattle police officer reprimanded for standing up for the Constitution

Draconian lockdown orders have placed local law enforcement officers around the country in a precarious position: do they enforce those orders that violate the Constitution and their consciences or stand against them and risk losing their jobs?

For one Port of Seattle Police officer, the choice was clear.

Officer Greg Anderson, who is also a veteran of the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment, posted a video on his Instagram page calling on his fellow officers to not enforce tyrannical orders that violate the Constitution.

“I have seen officers around the country enforcing tyrannical orders; I was hoping it was a minority of officers, anymore, I am not so sure. Every time I turn on the television... I'm seeing people arrested or cited for going to church, travelling on the roads, for going surfing, opening their businesses…” began Officer Anderson’s video. “We need to start looking at ourselves as officers and thinking, 'Is what I'm doing right?' We do not get to violate someone’s Constitutional Rights.”

Anderson explained that heavy-handed lockdown orders would lead to civil unrest similar to what he's seen overseas.

“I’m afraid that these actions are going to wake a sleeping giant — i.e., the American people,” he said.
“They are going to fight 10 times harder for their freedom on their soil than anything you’ve ever seen before.”

The video soon went viral, and Anderson said in a follow-up video that his superiors were initially supportive of his message. But they soon changed their tone.

Three hours after the first call, Anderson's superiors called him back and demanded that he take down the video. He refused. After refusing several more times, including at the direction of the Chief of Police, Anderson was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.

According to Anderson, the Chief of Police said that if he didn't take down the video, he would never be an officer in the state of Washington.

This is why the reopen movement is crucially important. Our elected officials need to realize that We the People won't stand for tyrannical stay-at-home orders, and our law enforcement officers who step out and question their superiors need to understand that we're behind them.

Reopen protests are happening all across the country, and at OpentheStates.com, we've made it easy to get involved. Simply click the red button below to learn more about the reopen groups in your state and how you can join the fight for freedom in the COVID-19 crisis.

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