Thursday, July 20, 2006

More On Trusting the Authorities (or Not)

Evidence Chicago police tortured suspects - Yahoo! News Now this happened in the 70s and 80s, and one would HOPE that things are better now, but we never thought that this kind of thing should have been going on in the 70s or the 80s.
CHICAGO - Special prosecutors investigating allegations that police tortured nearly 150 black suspects in the 1970s and '80s said Wednesday they found evidence of abuse, but any crimes are now too old to prosecute.

In three of the cases, the prosecutors said the evidence was strong enough to have warranted indictments and convictions.

"It is our judgment that the evidence in those cases would be sufficient to establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt," Robert D. Boyle and Edward J. Egan wrote.
There were other cases where the evidence was not so clear as in the three mentioned here.

The problem is that the statute of limitations has expired, so these criminals in uniform will not face justice. Justice delayed is justice denied.

This wasn't just a small group of police.
The report released Wednesday also faulted procedures followed by the Cook County State's Attorney's office and the police department at the time of the alleged abuse, saying they were "inadequate in some respects" but had since improved.
The real issue is do you trust the police? I haven't witnessed torture, but I have seen police ignore calls for help because they didn't like who needed them.

Most police are decent people. But there are idiots, biggots and criminals in police forces all over the country. There are just enough of them that turning police forces into paramilitary standing armies - as is happening all over this country - worries me.

How many LEOs from how many jurisdictions were willing to confiscate legally owned firearms in violation of the Second Amendment in New Orleans? How many were perfectly happy to enforce the idea that only police were going to have firearms? In short, how many were perfectly willing to trample on the cornerstone of our freedom? Apparently no one remembers what started the war in Lexington/Concord. (Hint, the British were going to disarm law-abiding citizens.)

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