Before some of you think that I'm going soft, let me explain myself. I'm confident that, after I give you all an explanation, you will support my decision to edit the blog post.
First, let me start by saying, yes, the officers of West Alabama Narcotics Task Force (WANTF) are -- by and large -- bad people who get off on bullying other people, and ruining those people who don't give in to their bullying. There are probably one or two officers of WANTF who actually believe that they are fighting the good fight, but the overwhelming majority of the officers of WANTF are just mean people. By taking a personal shot at Mr. Coffee, I lowered myself to his level.
*Side note (this comment is directed to Mr. Coffee, himself, since he knows what he did when he came to arrest me): when you came to my residence with an arrest warrant -- NOT a search warrant -- you barged into my residence, and searched for drugs (you found NOTHING). It's important to note that, MAYBE, there's an argument to made that there were exigent circumstances (I can't imagine what those exigent circumstances would have been, especially since you found ZERO illegal contraband, thus rendering any attempt useless to bootstrap a justification for citing exigent circumstances onto any seized illegal contraband), allowing for you to search for what's in plain sight, but you certainly did not have the right the search nearly all of my drawers, although you did anyway, and you didn't even ask for permission. That sort of bending the rules is typical for your organization.
Many people who know me will say that I might be a lot of things, but I'm not mean. I can rude and obnoxious, but those are very distinct from being mean. Being mean can involve saying something very hurtful -- and true -- that cannot be taken back. The bell can't be un-rung, so even if the offending party apologizes for the offending remark, the issue isn't that the offending party SAID something mean -- the issue is that the offending party THOUGHT something mean, and didn't have the decency to keep his or her mouth shut. I'm guilty of that, and I do genuinely feel bad, even though most of you are of the mindset of "screw them -- WANTF officers get what they deserve."
Being mean can also involve bullying and intimidating people into doing one's dirty work. Being mean can also involve seeking to destroy people who don't give in to your bullying. Being mean can involve manufacturing crimes against innocent people. The officers of WANTF are guilty of all of those ... and then some.
While a sizable portion of people -- probably even a majority -- would argue that it's best to fight fire with fire, I think that it's best to remove personal attacks. I'm of the belief that it's best to not get involved in personal attacks because, at the end of the day, I still want to be who I am -- I don't want to be what WANTF turns me in to. If you let your enemy change who you are, then to some extent, your enemy has won, since your endgame should always to be to do what makes you happy, not to become somebody who resorts to doing things that are so out of character with who you are, that you've progressively morphed into another person, who's bitter, unpleasant, and no fun to be around (that doesn't sound like happiness to me).
Another reason to abandon personal attacks on people is simple: The purpose of what we (yes, there is more than one of us), at Expose Narcs, are doing is to effect change. In order to bring about change, we must grow our tent. In order to grow our tent, we have to credibly make the case, that WANTF is a very bad apple -- being mean doesn't win the hearts and minds of people.
*On a very important side note, I want to differentiate "being mean" with "being edgy," because I have something in store VERY shortly that will be very edgy, funny, eye-catching, and even obnoxious, but it will not be mean, because I seriously doubt that anybody will think that I am seriously labeling any officers of WANTF or I am making fun of a particular group of people (I can't give more information because it will spoil the surprise, and ... boy oh boy, is it going to be a big one -- stay tuned!).
The reason I even decided to personally attack one of the officers of WANTF is that, WANTF arrested one of my friends on trumped-up charges, simply because he lent me his truck so that I could utilize my mobile billboard in order to expose a narc. WANTF, barged into my friend's house (simply because he lent me his truck), then they threatened to arrest his girlfriend's roommate for a small amount of marijuana that they found as a result of them barging in (without a search warrant). WANTF, then (at a later date) came back to arrest my friend -- at his place of employment (he was fired on the spot) -- on a trumped-up charge (there will be more on that later, but for now, I have to stay mum), and they arrested his girlfriend's roommate too (a very sweet and innocent girl).
It's one thing when WANTF decides to go after me, but when they went after my friend, they made me angry. That's why I had a lapse in judgment when I posted the remarks about the WANTF officer. At the end of the day though, I cooled down, and I decided that the bigger picture is more important than getting personal satisfaction from making personal attacks (and, to be honest, I felt pretty bad after I made the offending post).
The officers of WANTF had better know this: I am still going to personally fund my friend's legal defense and the upcoming civil trial against WANTF. Not only are we going to go after WANTF (the organization), but we are going to go after the guilty officers of WANTF personally. While it is true that the officers of WANTF have qualified immunity (I won't get into exactly what "qualified immunity" is), that does not shield them from liability when they have acted in bad faith and as a result of vengeance/spite. That means that, not only can WANTF (the organization) be held liable, but so can the officers of WANTF. If there's a way to go about bringing criminal charges against those officers of WANTF , I'm going to personally see to it that it happens.
This is the beginning of the end of WANTF's reign of terror.