Christopher Monfort, a Denver native who is accused of firebombing several police vehicles and murdering a police officer in Seattle, made the following statement in court earlier this month:
The preamble to the constitution, it gives the citizens ultimate authority with regards to our rights. If we fail to use that authority when needed, we will lose both our rights and our authority. Now, Mr. Calhoun is a parent, and I’m sure he’s feeling hurt. The police in our society are employees. They work for us. We depend on them to do exactly the opposite of what Deputy Schene and Deputy Brunner did. Deputy Brunner was equally as guilty. We depend on the police to protect us from the police as well. If the police are wrong, we depend on the police to cross the blue line of silence and apprehend, detain and file charges against those police who are corrupt.
“This world has seen that kind of behavior before. We saw it in World War II, with Stalin as he took power away from the people and abused his police authorities. We saw it with Mussolini. And we saw it with Hitler. This is not a small problem. We have forgotten that the very first war that our people fought was against the police force that was not answerable to the people. The police force was a local police force, it was under King George the 3rd. And our greatest generation, which was our first generation, fought against that. And that’s why we have the freedoms we have today.
“John Adams had a daughter. Many of the founding fathers had daughters. How would they have reacted if their daughter was taken into custody and treated in such a way? I can’t image they would have been a happy or peaceful manner. We have come too far as a nation to turn around and go backwards. There is a reason why there is gunpowder and explosions on the 4th of July, to remind us, to remind us, that we are in charge.
“Freedom is not free. I’m speaking with a lisp right now. I’ve got, the side of my face is paralyzed. I can’t walk. I’m dead from the waist down. Freedom is not free. It requires sacrifice. And although all the freedom we have now has been won for us by our founding fathers, from time to time we must maintain that.
“Freedom of the press, which is something that is the most important thing we have. At the Republican National Convention, the police brutalized and arrested members of the press. The press is the most important thing we have. A free press in a republic this large is required to do their job. A free press’s ability to tackle and to work in difficult situations supersedes police authority. Police do not have the authority to arrest the press. Our press is our eyes and our ears. It is as important as the air that we breathe.
“Can anybody here tell me the price of freedom? Anybody? It’s death. It’s not free.”