In an editorial published in the print version of the Herald Banner, in Greenville, Texas, Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks wrote that those critical of police officers should watch what they say, as all those who work to enforce the law are acting upon their God-given authority, reports RawStory.
The Texas police department has recently come under fire after a grand jury cleared one of the county's deputies of beating a pregnant Air Force veteran while investigating a domestic dispute — even though the beating was caught on camera.
The Air Force vet, Deanna Robinson, said the deputy assaulted her in March after he showed up at her home with child welfare workers to take away her 18-month-old son due to allegations of neglect.
The grand jury declined to indict both the deputy for assaulting Robinson and Robinson for assaulting the deputy. Robinson was charged with interference with child custody. Robinson was 38 weeks pregnant at the time of the attack.
Meeks wrote in his op-ed:
"I can no longer be silent concerning what our country allows. It is amazing to me that the criminals who break into our homes and steal from us, those who sell drugs to our children, those who abuse innocent and defenseless children, those who rape our wives and daughters, those who commit cold-blooded murders are all innocent until proven guilty.
“Yet, law enforcement officers are found guilty as soon as it ‘appears’ that the officer has done something wrong, way before the whole incident can be reviewed and the TRUTH obtained, that officer is found guilty and nobody cares what the facts are. This folks, is a travesty!”
Meeks proceeded to thank local defense attorneys who "chose not to go against your local officials," and then pointed out some Bible verses he says those critical of police should heed.
"Guess where that authority comes from to law enforcement? It comes from God. Read Romans 13:1 in the Bible. And while you're at it, you folks in Ferguson, Baltimore, Arlington, and here, take a gander at Romans 13:2"
Romans 13:1 says "Everyone must submit to governing authority. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.”
Sheriffs in Texas are elected by voters every four years.