Police don’t get to choose laws they’ll enforce

After reading the articles in The Daily World, and giving a lot of thought to the subject, I have finally come to the following conclusion: any county sheriff or sheriff’s deputy, any police chief or police officer, or any other law enforcement personnel who deign to take it upon themselves to refuse to enforce the legal provisions of I-1639, should not be retained in their jobs.

If these legal provisions, which were voted on and passed by more than 60 percent of the voters are not going to be enforced, or perhaps simply ignored, what was the point of placing them on the ballot in the first place?

The people want this legislation enforced. So what is it going to take to convince law enforcement to enforce the legal law? 70, 80 or 90 percent of the vote?

These officers were elected or hired to enforce the laws of this city, this county, this state and this country as a whole.

Picking or choosing which laws to enforce is not in their job description. They should first do their jobs to the best of their abilities, and then if they deem the law to be flawed, work to get the law changed so that it is enforceable, makes sense and does not offend their integrity.

Telling the public that they will not enforce a valid law, is not the best, or proper, approach to take on a matter of such importance to the people of this state.

Larry Wakefield