If a police officer or deputy sheriff commits a crime should he or she be protected by the same Constitutional rights as any other person?

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Police officers are humans and citizens like the rest of us, and are therefore entitled to the same constitutional protections.  Important among these are the right to trial by peers, being presumed innocent until proven guilty, the right to avoid self-incrimination and the right to legal representation.

They certaiinly should not be treated more harshly because they are police officers, and also as important, not more leniently.

Occasionally it is evident in the newspapers that a police officer has been prosecuted more vigorously than usual, or lost their job for a minor transgression.  This, in my opinion, is wrong.

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Yes, absolutely. The question of judgement and punishment is not one for civilians -- that is how we get lynchings. Every legal citizen is entitled to the same protection under law; stricter interpretations based on public status or abuse of authority is for a court to decide during trial.

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Absolutely agree with other editors. Your question seems to imply that police officers should be treated differently from any other citizen. Why do you think this? Do you perhaps feel that they have a greater role and responsibility and therefore should be judged more harshly for any misdemeanours? My response would be why do you pick out police officers rather than doctors or lawyers or any other profession? In a sense, we are all working together to uphold the rights we enjoy.

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My question is "why wouldn't they be?"  Why would they be held to a different Constitution just because they are in law enforcement?    We don't have that kind of double standard in other areas of life either.  For example, a doctor can be obese, but he is still right to tell his patients that carrying extra weight puts them at risk for a variety of diseases. A lawyer can know the law, but still break it. A sales person at an appliance store can sell a dishwasher that he knows isn't all that well made in comparison to other models.

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I can't imagine that they wouldn't or shouldn't be.  The law is meant to apply to all citizens equally, and the justice system is intended to be blind to color, status or creed.  It should work the same for an ordinary citizen and the President alike.  This is merely an ideal, sure, but police officers, should they be accused of a crime, should be entitled to the same rights as anyone else in my opinion.

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Of course, the police officer or deputy sheriff should be entitled to the same Constitutional rights as any other citizen of the United States. Whether or not the individual should be or will be able to continue in his/her employment situation may be impacted by the outcome of the legal process, but that has no bearing on their protection under the Constitution.

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Our laws apply to all citizens including those who serve the law such as police officers and officers of the court.  The point of our judicial system is to remain impartial.  It shouldn't matter who the person is on trial.  The process and outcome are supposed to be uniform and universal for all citizens.  The idea is to ensure justice for all and not just those with the appropriate connections.  Of course, we know this doesn't always happen.  Too many times the powerful, well connected, or wealthy get preferential treatment.

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If any U. S. citizen is accused of a crime, s/he should ideally be protected by the same rights as any other U. S. citizen.  (I say "ideally" because the recent drone attack on a U. S. citizen in a foreign country who was apparently an instigator of terrorism has raised an intriguing situation.) Certainly any law enforcement officer accused of a crime should be protected by the same rights. This, of course, is simply my opinion, but it's hard to imagine why anyone would assume otherwise.  (Now watch someone come along and assume otherwise!  :-)   )

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Of course law enforcement officers should be protected by the same Constitutional rights as anyone else.  They are American citizens like anyone else and therefore deserve all the same rights that the rest of us have.

Constitutional protections are there to protect us from being persecuted by the government.  It is not impossible for a law enforcement officer to be persecuted by the government, which means that officers could potentially need protection as well.  Whenever any American citizen is in danger of losing their life, liberty, or property through the legal system, they need to have due process rights.

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This sounds like an opinion question to me.

With that in mind, I must say that every citizen of the United States is entitled to the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. However, with that said, I also believe that if someone breaks the law, be it a police man or police woman, sheriff, judge, lawyer or senator, etc., he or she should be judged by the laws of our judicial system. No one can be above the law.

When people try to operate outside the law, they must be arrested, charged, tried, and punished (if found guilty by a jury of their peers). All people supposed to be equal in the eyes of the law. Therefore, in breaking the law, all people should be equally held accountable.

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