Monday, January 26, 2009

Is This Justice?

JusticePolice Board rarity: 2 cops fired :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES 2 cops have been fired for doing bad things. (I have a feeling that the union will appeal.)

But this is the bit that caught my eye.
In the second case, Officer Larry Guy Jr. was fired for beating Amando Lucas in the head while he was handcuffed with his arms behind his back in 2005 at a Target store. It was caught on surveillance tape.

Guy, an 11-year officer, also was found guilty of trying to erase tapes of the beating. He was charged with attempted obstruction of justice, battery and official misconduct, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and got 18 months of probation.
Why is it that they never actually have to face the music for their illegal actions? And how was he ever still on the job after a taped beating of a handcuffed man?

So why were the obstruction and misconduct charges dropped? Couldn't be favoritism could it? I know a lot of people are offered pleas to keep the courts from bogging down, but officers of the law should be held to a higher standard, not given a pass.

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