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  •  Why the surprise?? Especially on (0+ / 0-)

    three points, in this thread--first, cops beat people, sometimes to death, everywhere.  Nothing special about Philadelphia, or even Oakland (where I live and know a lot about OPD).  Often, after being beaten and/or shot by cops, people die when they could have been saved because cops don't want the complication of a live victim able to testify.  And the automatic disability time off and payments make a dead victim monetarily valuable to the cops.

    Then, there was a comment about using RICO.  It's been done and is done, but only in counties that have principled DAs who aren't licking PD boots.  The famous Rider case in Oakland was a RICO prosecution.  That was a decade + ago.  The Alameda County District Attorney is a different animal now.

    Also, in California (probably other states but I haven't researched this) there is a "Police Bill of Rights" that prevents their being indicted no matter what they do --except for the first ever, Johannes Mehserle, when he  murdered Oscar Grant.  

    That prosecution happened because the Oakland community was united and adamant that Mehserle be charged.  The jury found for a grossly lesser crime because the prosecution in the new jurisdiction had evidence of first degree murder--but did not want to be the first DA to bring this charge against a police officer.

    Normally, when the concept of prosecuting police comes up, the meme that shouts this idea down is that police are people who risk their lives to protect us.   My response, and that of many law enforcement professionals, is-- that is their job.  That is the job they wanted and got.  That is what their training is about.  But then they are given a bye when their professionalism goes out the window due to losing control because of "adrenalin,"  "fear," "anger."  Protection disappears.

    What other professionals hold positions of power as professionals yet are allowed to become unprofessional to a point of violence--even lionized for it. (Many consider steroid use a reason, but too many others consider steroid use an excuse.)

    Finally, the concept that cops report each other for breaking the law, breaking professional standards, and breaking their own department policy guidelines is NOT snitching.  It is professional responsibility, and considered so by law enforcement professionals and trainers.  

    Think about it--what other way is there for the responsible commanders and the community to know what's happening out there in the street?  Yet it's almost never done, for fear of being ostracized or even killed.

    Too, too many police departments' characteristics match those of criminal gangs.  The idea of using injunctions against criminal CIVILIAN gangs would be better implemented against police departments across this country.

    She didn't know it couldn't be done, so she went ahead and did it.

    by Boadicaea on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 01:15:17 PM PST

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