Do not tick God off! He is willing to wait for centuries, break up monopolies, set guilty people free, and associate with outcasts, but messing with vulnerable people like the blind orphans, widows, and migrants will land you in a whole lot of trouble. The recent reports about hundreds of Toronto police officers convicted on criminal charges walking free has stirred up a hornet’s nest. The reputation of decent police officers remains intact but the leadership that decides that a different standard exists for police officers are in a deep end of a pool of hot water.
Police are people tooDeuteronomy 1:17
You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not fear man, for the judgment is God’s. The case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.’
We should not be taking people’s lives as a matter of doing the right thing, nor should any society countenance public servants getting a free pass
This revelation about the shockingly low number of police officers convicteded for crimes and fired is likely the place to begin cleaning up the abuses populations have endured. We do not particularly like the notion that public servants who have the authority to curtail citizens’ movements and end a life should face consequences which are not even a slap on the wrist.
The treatment of criminal police with different standards comes from provincial law, and it flouts the Canadian Charter of Rights. Restoring public confidence in peace officers will not come easily. No one should have protection from accountability or preferential treatment under the law. Police unions and their reviewing agencies have supported the idea that they do. The law must change.
Modern and Ancient JusticeProverbs 29:26
Many seek the ruler’s favor, But justice for man comes from the Lord.