Officer Smith doesn't like young people. He profiles them constantly. He pulls over Johnny for going 37 MPH in a 35 zone. He asks Johnny to get out of the car, and plants marijuana on him. Johnny is arrested and charged with possession. Johnny finds out that the video from Officer Smith's police car clearly shows officer Smith planting the drugs. Johnny files a complaint with the police department, but they refuse to tell him the results of the investigation. Johnny also reports this incident anonymously to AccountableAuthority.com , naming the officer who arrested him. He sends that to the police department, asking for a thorough investigation and response.
A month later, Mike is pulled over By Officer Smith. Officer Smith plants evidence on Mike, but this time he is smart enough to hide it from the camera. Mike hires an lawyer. His lawyer tries to ask the police department for a list of similar complaints against the department. The department somehow can't find any record of this report, or the judge deems it unrelated and does not show it to the Mike's lawyer, if he even acknowledges it's existence. However, Mike's lawyer also checks AccountableAuthority.com . He finds that there have been previous reports of Officer Smith planting evidence. Although he doesn't know Johnny's name or email address, he can send him a message asking for details about when he filed his complaint. Mike's lawyer can use that additional information to cite a specific incident that Officer Smith's department should have on file. He can also ask Johnny to testify against Officer Smith's credibility and in Mike's Defense.
Many officers will tell you "once a criminal, always a criminal". Well if that's true, then any officer committing these crimes should be immediately removed from their position as a public servant. Many officers will repeat the same crimes over and over again. But since their actions result in a higher conviction rate by the department, and also because of unions, an officer committing illegal acts can be employed for many years. Sometimes these bad cops end up killing someone, and even then, their employment can sometimes continue.