CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
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Under what circumstances, if any, is it ok to break the law?
The laws of the United States broadly cover the government of action in many situations. There are regulations for who can own dangerous weapons, where they can operate them and when they may be able to use them. The same goes, widely speaking, for other circumstances, such as driving a car or defending one’s self against grievous bodily harm or the threatening of death. There are terms, some coined by law makers and some by lawyers, such as probable cause, and reasonable doubt, beyond all reason and circumstantial evidence, that are used to assess the guilt of the accused. There is a lot of lingo and jargon, some unnecessary and some much necessary, that I use and have used for many decades so that I may adequately and supremely fill my job as a public servant.
It is the nature of many accused people who wish to deny the wrongdoing that they have obviously done, to misconstrue the laws that keep most people safe from harm. The first, second and fourth amendments to the constitution come to mind, the rules of American society that help govern religion, expression, bearing arms, searches and seizures. Even at the level of mere descriptive titles, it is easy for anyone from around the world, to see how these can be pulled away from their true meaning. To most people, the right to bear arms does not equate to the stockpiling of weapons inside a person’s home, and freedom of speech does not mean burning effigies representing the topic of hatred in the street. To some, it does, and, to some, if it is deemed that through their actions they are breaking the law, they will be punished as people who have the power to punish, see fit. It is these people, who misconstrue, and the murderers I normally deal with, who down and outright flout the law, that I have a problem with, and therefore, here I am, in law enforcement, as it were.
If the law is looked at strictly speaking, without any room for leeway or otherwise interpretation, then perhaps I have broken the law occasionally. I have injured, I have sped, but that is to the extent where any snooping reporter could go to try and undermine my good character. To be honest, I have only sped when in pursuit of a suspect, and even then, it is not normal fare of my job to do so, and I was in the lines of what was expected of me in the situation. The same goes for injuring another person, which I have been forced to do a handful of times over the years, as it was a probable thing, at the time, that they may have otherwise killed me in a fit of accusatory rage or drug fuelled anger.
Under normal circumstances there is no reason to break the law, as it serves and protects the very people it is designated to serve and protect. I am one such person who uses their knowledge of the law to their best ability in order to perform with a high level of excellence in their job. I am however, aware of the certain periods and circumstances where normal conventions of law can be stretched, but not to any adverse situation, in the end. Police cars speed, but they speed in pursuit of a suspect who is evading arrest. There is always an explanation for anything that I do that could be considered law breaking.
But without reason though, without any proper circumstances such as those concessions given to the police, no, there is no excuse for breaking the law. A man who speeds to get his pregnant wife to the delivery room before she gives birth in the car may usually be let off, as far as the news is concerned. All very well, but what if the same man crashed his car and killed his pregnant wife? The media would not be very forgiving then; at least, I hope they would not be. The reason goes, that the laws of the United States serve to protect American citizens and all people living or visiting within our borders. When I come to a murder scene, I do not only have a murder, I have a criminal act which has resulted in the death or injury of one or more people. I have a direct example of how people can severely disregard the laws that have been well crafted and honed over years of political inquiry and procedure, to function together as a well oiled machine does. I have displayed before me in all the grisly appearance of death, one more person who has passed on, one more life that no longer exists and has been extinguished, in most if not all cases, before its due time.
Looking at a robbery case even, and it is obvious why laws exist to protect and to serve people. I dealt with several consecutive Robin Hood styled robberies several years ago, the final one, which as any interesting story goes, ended in a murder. Oh yes, the criminal may have been doing good deeds in some eyes, by stealing from rich gated estates, and giving the proceeds of the crime to the poor. However, he still broke the law. Doing things for noble reasons that break the law, there is no excuse for it. It got that person not very far, because in the end they ended up killing someone. By mistake, admittedly, but it was the breaking of several laws that lead them to the accident in the first place.
No, there is no excuse for breaking the law. There is no excuse for dismissing the laws, the rules of modern society, as something which does not apply to this person or that person, that woman or that man. There is no excuse for breaking the law and it is grossly inappropriate for the criminal to be holding the thought that such laws apply to everyone but themselves, but one single individual who deserves punishment. In a just society, people who commit criminal acts are punished, whether through fines, jail sentences, tied in with arrest and a possible trial if it is warranted. While I think that the breaking of laws is one of the most severe and brutally ugly acts a person can commit, while I may work very hard to ensure that criminals are caught and duly convicted, there are still horrible people out there. While I may think and feel that there is no excuse for breaking the law, while I hardly ever, while I never could condone it, the world is, unfortunately for this case, not perfect. For every rapist I help put in jail, there is another one there, bred through indifference and the learning of respect for human life and individuality, rendering it an indistinguishable thing that can be warped for any particular person’s advantage.
A man breaks a window in a house on fire to rescue a woman, a baby, a cat, something. By normal circumstances, he has broken the property of someone else, and should be punished. But he will not be, because he has reasonable reason to go through with such an act, and the law makes room for that. By some definitions, a person may indeed appear to break the law, but by looking closer, they have not done so. The thing about the breaking of laws is that, just as they can be misconstrued by the obviously guilty, the laws can also be interpreted in many different beneficial ways. That is the essential factor, the knowledge of and ability to, interpret the law. By interpreting the law, there may be several different ways one law, one act, governs society. A person could do one act in several different variations, and the law still protects them. It is when the law is ignored or misconstrued to a point of clear disregard, that people begin to get hurt, that people are killed and begin to die in the dozens, or more.