Updated: November 27, 2020: In light of the Lake County Commissioners to grow a spine and speak up on behalf of Lake County residents, we thought it appropriate to republish this article originally published on May 5, 2020.]
(LFC Comments: Thanks to a Concord lobbyist for this information about the deprivation of rights under the “color of law”. We will continue to publish these articles so that citizens will understand their rights, and not just buckle under to the power hungry authorities at all levels of government.)
What does “color of law” mean?
“Color of law refers to an appearance of legal power to act that may operate in violation of law. For example, if a police officer acts with the “color of law” authority to arrest someone, the arrest, if it is made without probable cause, may actually be in violation of law.”
DEPRIVATION OF RIGHTS UNDER COLOR OF LAW
- Section 242 of Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.
For the purpose of Section 242, acts under “color of law” include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within the their lawful authority, but also acts done beyond the bounds of that official’s lawful authority, if the acts are done while the official is purporting to or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties.
Persons acting under color of law within the meaning of this statute include police officers, prisons guards and other law enforcement officials, as well as judges, care providers in public health facilities, and others who are acting as public officials. It is not necessary that the crime be motivated by animus toward the race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin of the victim.
The offense is punishable by a range of imprisonment up to a life term, or the death penalty, depending upon the circumstances of the crime, and the resulting injury, if any.
TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242
Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, … shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.
For example: Ask yourself if you think that the police officers in this video deprived the citizens of their rights under the “color of law.”?
So what will happen if we defy Dr. Amy Acton’s or Governor DeWine’s illegal orders? What happens if we refuse to accept the Covid-19 vaccine that is sure to be presented in the near future. What happens if we cannot show our papers that we have been vaccinated? Will we get the “knock on our door” from the local gendarmes, or will we just be required to wear a “scarlet letter” in public?