Friday, November 30, 2007

Shielding Bad Cops? Is It Hard to Believe?

Peterson case: Did cops protect one of their own? - 18 calls to the police for domestic violence, but the cop was never charged. His wife was. (She is now dead, and her death is being re-investigated as a murder.)

They love to protect their own.
The way police dealt with Peterson "makes it kind of hard to trust cops," said Pablo Delira, a 59-year-old construction worker. He said he has no doubt he would have been led away in handcuffs if police had been called to his house 18 times.
The woman who called police 18 times in 2 years, was Peterson's 3rd wife. His fourth wife has been missing for months.
Peterson, 53, was a police sergeant and 29-year veteran of the force, resigning earlier this month after he came under suspicion in his current wife's disappearance in October.

In a roughly two-year period beginning in 2002, police responded to 18 domestic disturbance calls at Peterson's house. Savio accused Peterson of beating her and threatening to kill her, but no charges were ever brought against him.

Instead, Peterson twice persuaded prosecutors to charge Savio with domestic battery. She was acquitted both times.
A police "investigation" has determined that officers did nothing wrong and violated no policy. (Was any other determination possible?)

And before you go on about 1 rogue cop, take a look at the cops behaving badly link. The problem of cops who feel they can do anything with impunity is a major problem, and not just in Illinois, though Chicago does have more than its share.

It may be that two women are dead because cops in Bolingbrook, Illinois were reluctant to take action against one of their own. I hope that every cop who ever went to that home for the those 18 domestic violence calls is plagued with nightmare visions of those dead women every night for the rest of their lives. May they never have one minute's peace. They can't be charged with a crime, though they are certainly guilty of something.

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