Philadelphia cops don’t like Florida concealed carry permits. They also arrest security guards with state-issued permits. Then they keep the legally-owned and legally-carried guns:
Lt. Fran Healy, special adviser to the police commissioner, acknowledged that some city cops apparently are unfamiliar with some concealed-carry permits. But he said that it’s better for cops to “err on the side of caution.”
“Officers’ safety comes first, and not infringing on people’s rights comes second,” Healy said.
Both Healy and Craig Straw, chief deputy city solicitor with the civil-rights unit, said that they could not speak to individual cases because of pending litigation, but said that the main issue with Florida permits is that officers on the street are not able to check the validity of a permit 24 hours a day.
“There’s a lot of bad guys out there,” Healy said. “I want to use my time on them and not waste it on this nonsense.” [emphasis Murdoc’s]
Checking to see if detaining citizens who are abiding by the law is “nonsense” according to Lt. Healy. Lt. Healy thinks that police officers’ safety trumps civil rights.
Lt. Healy seems to misunderstand what, exactly, a police force is actually for.