Sunday, December 30, 2007

What if Calling the Police Isn't Possible?

JusticeBatterers with badges - The Boston Globe What if the police (or at least a certain member or members) are the problem? It is a hard set of questions, not helped by the fact these people often escape justice.
Prosecutors and judges need to put an end to the inside game that favors batterers with badges. Strong federal laws forbid anyone, including police officers, to own a gun if convicted of a misdemeanor or felony domestic violence offense. But officers routinely avoid such career-ending consequences through favorable plea bargains.

Some cases never come to light because fellow officers look the other way. And spouses often refuse to testify, fearing possible physical or economic consequences.
Police and their spouses report violence in relationships at about 3 times the national rate. Not good.

Job stress is understandable; taking it out on people you profess to love is neither understandable nor forgivable.

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