I see this as an abuse of power, personally.
Ellen Bogan expects police to protect and serve — not proselytize.
But she says Indiana State Police Trooper Brian Hamilton pitched Christianity to her when he pulled her over for an alleged traffic violation in August on U.S. 27 in Union County.
With the lights on his marked police car still flashing, the trooper handed Bogan a warning ticket. Then, Bogan said, Hamilton posed some personal questions.
Did she have a home church?
Did she accept Jesus Christ as her savior?
“It’s completely out of line and it just — it took me aback,” Bogan, 60, told The Indianapolis Star.
Of course it’s out of line. Judge her all you want. Pray for her all you want, but don’t use your position as a police officer to stand there on the side of the road and start trying to convert her. Not content to just talk her ear off about Jesus, he gave her a pamphlet, too. Bogan and the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana have filed suit against the officer.
The pamphlet, which was included in the lawsuit, advertises a radio broadcast from “Trooper Dan Jones” called “Policing for Jesus Ministries.” It also outlines “God’s plan for salvation,” a four-point list that advises the reader to “realize you’re a sinner” and “realize the Lord Jesus Christ paid the penalty for your sins.”
“I’m not affiliated with any church. I don’t go to church,” Bogan said. “I felt compelled to say I did, just because I had a state trooper standing at the passenger-side window. It was just weird.”
I’ll have to try to remember to look for updates on this one.