A Washington state police officer who posted a video of himself ranting about how cops in this country are not respecting the Constitutional rights of Americans is about to lose his job for refusing to delete the video.
Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson posted the video to his Instagram channel on Tuesday and said his commanding officer told him the following morning that he had agreed with everything he had said on the video.
But as the video began going viral, his commanding officer had a change of heart, ordering him to remove the video from Instagram or face disciplinary action. The commanding officer told him the orders were coming from above.
Anderson, who said he has been a cop for ten years, refused to remove the video and has been placed on administrative leave and said he will be terminated for insubordination. Not even the police union is backing him here.
However, Anderson has already racked up more than $215,000 in donations through a Go Fund Me drive that was launched just one day ago, which is more than twice the average annual salary for a Port of Seattle police officer.
Another cop who was fired for refusing to enforce stay-at-home orders was Jordan Duncan of the Lodi Police Department in California, who has raised just over $14,000 in less than 24 hours – without the help of a viral video.
In Anderson’s initial video, he stated the following:
“I’ve seen officers nationwide enforcing tyrannical orders against the people. I”m hoping it’s a minority of officers but i’m not sure anymore because every time I turn on the television, every time i look to the internet, i’m seeing people arrested or cited for going to church, for traveling on the roadways, for going surfing, opening their businesses, going to the park with their family or doing nails out of their own house, using their own house as a place of business and having undercover agents go there and arrest them and charge them with what, a crime? I don’t know what crime people are committing by doing nails in their own house but we’re seeing this more and more and more and we need to look ourselves as officers and thinking, is what i’m doing right?”
Then in his followup video, he stated the following:
“I said no, I can’t take the video down because if you listen to my first video, the whole message I was trying to share with people and impart of them, that if you believe in something in your heart, you have to stand by that conviction, even if it costs you everything.”
“We don’t get to violate people’s Constitutional rights because somebody in our chain of command tells us otherwise, that’s not how this country works”
Watch both videos below.