We’ve all heard the reading of Miranda rights, whether it be first-hand or on a crime show on TV. “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have a right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.” These, however, seem to be the only right that are guarded by one particular officer of the Hathian Police Department.
The First Amendment, the right to freedom of speech and freedom for the press, was broken early Friday evening when this reporter was placed under arrest for allegations of Libel.
What is Libel, anyway, you might ask?
Libel is a false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person. When the media lies about someone. If they publish something that is untrue in a newspaper, radio, television, or other media then it is called libel.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference, and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers”. Yet, this reporter was put under arrest for having printed her observations of the reception officer’s decision to choose for the Chief of Police who he will and will not see. The report about this officer keeping information from the Chief of Police was not printed for the intent of defaming the officer, but to convey to the public that their inquiries to the higher ranks will never reach the intended ears.
The Fourth Amendment which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures, along with requiring any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause; was ignored when said officer made an admission that my arrest was authorized by the Chief of Police. Not by a judge and a signed warrant. Even if the officer had applied for a warrant, she would not have been granted one. Libel is extremely hard to prove.
Following this, the officer shattered the Eight Amendment which protects the populace against excessive bail, excessive fines or cruel and unusual punishments. Cruel and unusual punishment is a phrase describing punishment which is considered unacceptable due to the suffering, pain, or humiliation it inflicts on the condemned person. Using my own throwing knives to cut the clothing off my body, leaving little cuts behind and me bereft of cover to any wandering eye qualifies as pain and humiliation both.
I feel empathy for the Police Chief having to deal with such unscrupulous officers working his front desk, trying their hardest to ruin the good name he gives to the Hathian Police Department. If more officers were like Chief Andel, perhaps Hathian would be a safer place to live. To officer Deskjockey: Learn by example. You have a great leader, don’t squander his teachings.