It is bad enough that the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that people have no right to resist police officers who are breaking the law when trying to enter private residences, we now have a story of a gun owner being harassed and charged with a crime for legally carrying a gun. Mark Fiorino has a gun license and was openly carrying his handgun in Philadelphia when a rough and tough police officer confronted him.
The officer treated Fiorino like a child (“yo, junior, what are you doing?”) and ordered him to his knees. When Fiorino told the officer he had a license and that the law allows him to carry the weapon the officer used filthy language to indicate that if Fiorino moved he would be shot.
The officer told a law abiding citizen who was not causing any harm or posing a threat in any way that if he moved he would be shot. Other officers responding to the calls for backup wrestled Fiorino to the ground and cuffed him while throwing F bomb laced comments at him.
The officers were finally made aware that they could not arrest him because he was correct and they let him go.
The problem is that Fiorino recorded the incident on an audio device. Fiorino says he carries the device with him in case he ever has a confrontation that requires him to use his gun. He asserts that this will provide proof that he acted correctly if he ever has to use his gun.
After the incident Fiorino stewed over how he had been treated by the Nazi police officers in Philadelphia and he posted the audio to You Tube. This is where round two of police harassment began. The law in Philly (the city of brotherly love don’t you know) decided that Fiorino needed to be taught a lesson so they charged him with reckless endangerment. The rationale is that Fiorino could have been shot or the officers responding could have been hurt in an accident. This, of course, is all Fiorino’s fault and not the fault of the moron cops who did not know the law and who escalated the incident by treating Fiorino as a criminal and going all Dirty Harry on him.
To the cops in Philly, the average guy on the street is a punk who does not have a right to carry a gun. Only the thug cops can do that and they do not like it when someone horns in on that. They also do not like it when people demonstrate to the world that the cops in Philly are foul mouthed morons who treat the people for whom they work as criminals.
If anyone should be charged with a crime it is the police officers who abused and assaulted Fiorino.
Unfortunately, this will never happen because like in Indiana, the cops should never be confronted when they break the law. No, pursue it in court. Unfortunately, this incident could have resulted in addressing it at a funeral home because the mron cop made it clear he would shoot if Fiorino moved. The Gestapo at its best.
Maybe Fiorino should file a lawsuit for violation of his civil rights. He was assaulted and placed in custody by the police. I bet a couple of million dollars in a lawsuit will provide great relief.
Never surrender, never submit.