Who deals with police who break the law?

@Taskr36 (13928)
United States
February 15, 2008 11:18pm CST
It's getting ridiculous the way police are treating people lately. A grandmother is arrested at McDonald's after refusing to move her car forward while waiting for food. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,324249,00.html A woman is tasered at a Best Buy because the computer wrongly said her credit card was stolen. http://www.cfnews13.com/News/Local/2007/12/20/tased_at_best_buy.html?refresh=1 and the latest, greatest story... Paraplegic dumped out of his wheelchair by a 20 year veteran Deputy http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7010026589 Why do police departments allow these things to happen? It's disgusting that police can treat people this way, especially a disabled man. The worst part is, there are still people defending their actions. People who think that you need to do whatever a police officer tells you, otherwise you should be arrested, or shot with a taser.
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4 responses
• United States
20 Feb 08
I hate police like him who break the law! That wasnt necessary at all. they should be fired i hate it when that happens. just because he has a badge he thinks that he is higher than others. "Stay in the guidelines of your job" lol... pigs these days
@xParanoiax (7005)
• United States
17 Feb 08
That's the problem, these days. No one to watch the watchers. Corruption's pretty bad in my town, so...it's a touchy subject for many people who live here. Most people just watch their step and avoid the cops at all costs. But this is not a solution, especially for the whole country which is facing rampant corruption. Underfunded and desperately needing more men and women at times...leads to some sad situations. But there's nobody really to handle it. An authority which faces little or no consquences for misdeeds --which is how it is in some areas, becomes more villains than heroes. It's a sad truth, but the sooner people accept it the better. Again, I have no solutions...but people really start needing to think of one.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
17 Feb 08
Every police officer answers to a civilian review in some form. If it is a small town it is the town council or the county board. In larger communities they have internal affairs and police review boards that are made up of community members and often you have one or two anti police people on the board. Police officers have told me that if they are charged with a crime whild doing their job they would try to work out the best deal thay could because their chances fo getting off are slim or none. If a jury finds them not guilty (which most often happens) they will lose to a review board or civil right hearing. The few law enforcement officers who are bad are punished. Between 1992 and 1997 887 police officers were killed in the line of duty according to the US Dept of labor http://www.bls.gov/opub/cwc/archive/summer1999art1.pdf That is almost 150 each year killed protecting you and your family.
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• United States
30 Jun 08
Bob, it's taken me too long to get back to you. I'm not anti-police, I inspired to work alongside them for most of my life...it's led to my fascination with criminal justice and how the system works. I admire cops, I think people need to become close to them again...like in the old days, where you knew the sheriff, the deputy, and the rest of the station and you'd talk to them often. But the fact remains, most cases where the police abuse their authority..the people do not report it. They'e afraid to, because most people believe it'll never happen to them, that it couldn't possibly happen in this country. There's not alot of awareness about this, nation-wide. Because, in the old days innocent cops would get sued by the bad guys...and now the bad guys who are also cops sometimes get to sue the victims. And it does not always come to justice and this happens more and more these days. We need more good cops, we need to get them more funding so that their survivability rate can go up instead of down...we need the people to watch the watchers. Not just for our own sakes, but theirs too.
@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
2 Jul 08
Well it's sad that in today's world kids are often taught to fear and hate police. When I was growing up I would always wave to police cars and say hello to police officers because my parents taught me they were there to protect us. Now it's become a thankless job and too many people choose the profession for the wrong reason. I still think that there are a lot of great cops out there, but we need to take action to remove the ones that are abusing there authority and making cops look bad.
@Aingealicia (1906)
• United States
24 Apr 08
Hummmm, sounds like you are talking about yourself upon what you topic is. Yes, I have a huge issue with you. Like you have any right to point out other people's faults. Aingealicia
@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
24 Apr 08
Thanks again for your response Ainge. I truly hope the topic wasn't too difficult for you to understand. In this society it's very important that those who enforce the law obey the law. It's what saves us from issues that were present with the Gestapo and the Russian secret police. As American citizens, it's critical that we take an active role in our country by watching what our police officers do. I know some are democrats, which in you book may be a free pass to do what they want, but we don't have time to sort through their political affiliations. We just need to make sure they aren't abusing their power by dumping paraplegics on the floor. I'm sorry that you care so little for disable people.
• United States
25 Apr 08
Tskr, I live in NYC as you know, so I see what the police do here. I see them kill people with out rights to do so, I know what they are doing. I do report on it, I do see, I do get profiled because I am the minority in my neighborhood. I am an American Citizen, I do express my freedoms of speech as you well know, my point was, look at one's self before trying to fix the others that are broken in front of you. As far as me understanding, maybe, if you actually gave me a chance and read some of my writings you would see I understand far more than you would like to give me credit for. Then again, when I get my Pulitzer and you are reading my books, we can talk about my "understanding" level. Aingealicia
• United States
25 Apr 08
Also, just so you know, they have increased the police patrols here in NYC and NJ, they are creating more situations where "innocents" will die. There was a man splayed with 63 bullets with a false report and the cops will walk away Scott free. That does anger me. There was a young man who had a disability came out with a hairbrush and the NYPD shot him 59 times before they stopped. I do read the papers, news, and the like. I watch the news channels more than I care to admit, and with this little brain of mine, what there is, I get the connections that I need to put the story together.
@palonghorn (5490)
• United States
2 Jul 08
There is and always has been and always will be some dirty cops out there. That fact does not make all cops bad. And one of the reasons we are hearing so much about it now is the fact that there are video cameras everywhere, in stores, offices, police stations and 9 times outta 10 someone standing around has a phone with that capability. Which I think is a good thing, those types of cops need to be dealt with and in a strict manner. One well known fact is 'good' cops can't stand those types of police officers, and they would just as soon have them off the force. As for who deals with these types of complaints, internal investigations does, in other words, higher up 'cops' deal with them. I do think that as this is brought to the forefront more with videos that they will have no choice but to start dealing with them in a more strict manner.