#1 Feb 26, 2014
Yes. they are held to a higher standard, thus they should be given the benefit of the doubt until the incident has been thoroughly investigated. I am not a cop but have personal information that it is not at all uncommon for some people or groups of people to yell cop abuse, sometimes repeatedly over time. So cut them some slack until all the FACTS are in!
#2 Feb 26, 2014
It depends on the level to which the allegation has risen. Cops are falsely accused by perps all the time if just as a desperate way to try to wiggle out of their charges.
Most of those are either overblown or just straight out lies.
That said, all I need is a small whiff of truth in what the perp is saying for alarm bells to go off.
When that happens, all bets are off.
#3 Feb 26, 2014
I used to. But not anymore. It happens far too often, with deadly consequences. In our "free" nation, where one is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, too many kids are getting shot and killed by police for carrying toys. Too many adults are getting killed by police for simply not complying with verbal demands.
The militarization of the police, coupled with training cadets that once they hit the streets, "it's us against them", as if they are the only bulwark against the breakdown of society, has been the prime catalyst for police misconduct, and innocent American citizens are paying the price for it with their lives.
Since: Jun 12
#4 Feb 26, 2014
Police are innocent until proven guilty in the same way any citizen is. Thus the accusation of misconduct should be investigated in the same manner. The scales of justice are not meant to be even... they are meant to be tilted in favor of the accused. I do believe, however, the investigations should be handled by an outside agency. That any in house disciplining should be public knowledge since it is the public that employs them.
If we want to see a real change we should encourage the use of private security. The cost of government run law enforcement is quite high, the pay for officers low, not equipped to prevent crime but gather evidence to prosecute it once it has already happen, with awful response times. A private agency or network of private agencies could do what public law enforcement does much cheaper and with a much better response time. Those who choose not to pay a monthly fee could pay based on need much like an ambulance service.
Private enforcement provides more accountability, is cheaper, better equipped to handle private matters, and provides more liberty for the citizenry. The officer would also be paid more and misconduct would be less because they would be directly accountable to their employers.
The fault in government run law enforcement isn't with your patrolman alone it is also with the system, the administrators, and legislators. The patrolman will only do what he thinks he will be justified in doing. The practice of violating the constitution is so prevalent, and ignored by administrators, the officer likely with true sincerity thinks he/she is just doing his/her job.
The people can be responsible for their own safety, conduct investigations, and sue just like the government can, and do it cheaper.
It is grand that they are willing to put their life on the line to protect others, and I commend them for it. The fault is in the system they are willing to enforce.
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