Accused cop killer Christopher Monfort left little doubt about what might have motivated him to shoot Officer Timothy Brenton during a five-minute courtroom rant delivered>"/>
Accused cop killer Christopher Monfort left little doubt about what might have motivated him to shoot Officer Timothy Brenton during a five-minute courtroom rant delivered yesterday. Proclaiming that "freedom is not free," Monfort referenced Deputy Paul Schene's holding cell beating of 15-year-old Malika Calhoun.
The same incident that police say Monfort referred to in a note he left behind at the firebombing of four cop cars nine days before Brenton's death. Full rant after the jump.
"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. 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, to, 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."