Letters to the Editor

FW police and the feds

Bud Kennedy’s Wednesday’s column (“Did police cross a line to get blood for the feds?”) pretty much shows that the Fort Worth police, in conjunction with the federal government, trampled all over the Fourth Amendment rights of the people they stopped.

But because President Obama and his crowd seem to consider the Constitution and the Bill of Rights outdated pieces of paper and local law enforcement is becoming nothing but a federal surrogate due to federal freebies, this action doesn’t surprise me.

Whats next? A federal DNA data base, federal photo IDs, fingerprints, travel papers?

Those of you who voted for change, well you got it. Remember that when the federal government takes away my rights, they also take away your rights.

— Eugene Ross, Granbury

That “line” referred to in the headline on Kennedy’s column offered all the resistance of the University of Texas line against Baylor.

How is an innocent, “randomly chosen” citizen supposed to ascertain that this was not a mandatory police stop?

Did the police department consider that, in taking part in this “scam,” the authority of on-duty police officers was being compromised?

Yes, the police are our friends. But friends do not stop friends under the color of authority for unofficial business. The insatiable lust for data and the deep pockets of the federal government are no excuse to compromise the integrity of our police.

— Ken Bowers, Fort Worth

It was disturbing to read that law officers in Fort Worth have shown themselves to be nothing but lackeys for a private government contractor, even to the point of forcing people off the road, illegally and unconstitutionally, to help advance the profits of a private company doing a “study” of impaired drivers.

It’s a sign of how far we’ve fallen. The oligarchy has won; the people have lost.

— Dennis Hawley,

Weaverville, N.C.