“A West Sacramento police officer has been arrested for investigation of assault and kidnapping charges involving a half dozen women in the West Capitol Avenue area,” The Sacramento Bee is reporting today. “Officer Sergio Alvarez, who had been with the city of West Sacramento since 2007, allegedly had carried out the acts while performing uniformed patrol duties.”
Chief Dan Drummond, which condemning the actions, was quick to point out these acts by an individual had no bearing on his department as a whole. And for those of us who reject collective guilt, he’s got a point, up to a point, as long as they don’t share in his “Only Ones” elitism.
The thing is, Chief Drummond evidently does not make the same distinction between the actions of criminals and what he deems the trustworthiness of the general population he and those reporting to him feed off of. Case in point, he was one of the listed supporters, along with the Brady Campaign and the Legal Community Against Gun Violence, of a bill by one of the most committed enemies of the right to keep and bear arms in the state of California, Mike Feuer, on making sure all firearms they own are good and registered, compiled, and recorded even more than California has already required, something sure to help when those bent on banning possession of existing property get their way.
Drummond’s department “wants to reassure the community of West Sacramento that we are one of the safest communities in the region” at the same time it acknowledges a 10 percent increase in violent crime. And the instructions they endorse for citizens targeted by mass killers coach them to do everything but shoot back.
Additionally, the Mayor of West Sacramento, Christopher Cabaldon, is a member of Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against (Your) Guns coalition, a group that has a criminal membership rate that may just exceed the city’s. As a prominent self-outed member of the gay community, you’d be wrong to assume he is sympathetic to concerns raised by civil rights groups like Pink Pistols.
It would be interesting to ask Chief Drummond how many concealed carry permits he has issued and if he believes the women allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted by his officer should have had the means to defend themselves instead. Ditto for citizens, who had to chase a suspect down while unarmed after one of Drummond’s finest killed an innocent pedestrian in a car chase.
What’s also interesting is the general citizenry of West Sacramento, and in California as a whole, seem to be pretty much fine with the idea of politicians and police telling them what they may or may not keep and bear. One can only wonder what the results of a new poll along those lines would be in the aftermath of a huge earthquake, one that cuts off utilities, services, food delivery, funding transfers, gasoline distribution, etc., for an extended area over an extended period, one where stretched-to-capacity civil authority is concentrated where most needed, and everyone else is pretty much on their own. And while those who would impose defenselessness on them under force of law enjoy taxpayer-provided resources and protection.
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