A Texas police officer and police academy instructor posted a “public service announcement” on Facebook advocating for the use of deadly force against anyone “defacing or destroying a monument or a statue.”
Phil Ryan explains how such an act could be considered “Criminal Mischief under the Texas Penal Code,” and goes on to cite the specific chapters in Texas law that allow for the legal use of force or deadly force.
Sec. 9.43. PROTECTION OF THIRD PERSON’S PROPERTY. A person is justified in using force or deadly force against another to protect land or tangible, movable property of a third person if, under the circumstances as he reasonably believes them to be, the actor would be justified under Section 9.41 or 9.42 in using force or deadly force to protect his own land or property and:
(1) the actor reasonably believes the unlawful interference constitutes attempted or consummated theft of or criminal mischief to the tangible, movable property
Chapter 9.42 states:
DEADLY FORCE TO PROTECT PROPERTY. A person is justified in using deadly force against another to protect land or tangible, movable property:
(2) when and to the degree he reasonably believes the deadly force is immediately necessary:
(A) to prevent the other’s imminent commission of arson, burglary, robbery, aggravated robbery, theft during the nighttime, or criminal mischief during the nighttime (Night time is 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise).
To be clear, this is a police officer, sworn to protect and serve, that is advocating for “legal” homicide for damaging a piece of carved rock. Judging by the slew of “libtard” reference littering his now-private Facebook page, it seems that he clearly puts his political ideologies before human life. Hopefully a democrat in his jurisdiction doesn’t need police assistance.
In case there was any ambiguity, Ryan finishes his “PSA” with a concise summation, complete with a kitschy “tip” at the end.
Bottom line, if someone is destroying a monument or statue that isn’t theirs, you can defend it by force during the day with deadly force at night.
Just a little tip, from your Uncle Phil…
Nothing like some levity after endorsing a legal justification for murder.