As a law firm engaged in the private practice of law, we at Lapin Law Offices find that representing clients often requires that we challenge the actions of government in general, and sometimes of law enforcement in particular.
In the United States of America, opposition to the conduct of government is not only allowed, it is a highly cherished and protected right.
However, we firmly believe that, consistent with the principles embodied in the United States Constitution, opposition to the conduct of government must, if we are to live as a civilized society, be conducted within the parameters and confines of the Rule of Law. To that end, civil disobedience must not be violent and challenges to government conduct must occur only in the courtroom.
Murderous attacks on law enforcement, such as the attacks which occurred in Dallas on July 7, 2016, are not acts of civil disobedience.
Given that law enforcement is the quintessential domestic manifestation of American government, politically-motivated attacks on law enforcement are nothing short of an attack on the sovereignty of government itself. The United States, unlike other countries, does not have a widespread history of tolerating such conduct. Hopefully, the clarity of history will show that the events of July 7, 2016 were an anomaly, and not a defining point in American culture.
To the families and loved ones of the law enforcement officers who were killed or injured in Dallas on July 7, 2016, please know that we appreciate the sacrifice made by each and every officer, and also the sacrifice made by each and every one of you, both in the present and going forward, as we all must do.