Saturday, July 18, 2009

I Hope This Judge Knows What He is Talking About

Since 2001, LAPD has been under a federal microscope due to problems in the Rampart district. Judge frees LAPD from consent decree - Los Angeles Times
U.S. District Court Judge Gary A. Feess terminated the consent decree federal officials forced on the LAPD in 2001 in the wake of the Rampart corruption scandal. The agreement required the department to undertake dozens of wide-ranging reforms meant to tighten internal checks on officers' conduct and to submit to rigorous audits by a monitor who reported to Feess on the LAPD's progress.
People always say that LEOs are good folks. But then why are there so many things like the Rampart scandal, or John Burge in Chicago, or the guys caught on video?

Most LEOs probably are good people, but there are a fair number of idiots - bullies - in uniform. And they do a tremendous amount of harm to the rule of law, to people's respect for law enforcement and law enforcement's "image." Unless and until the police and the police unions stop protecting these idiots and get the bad cops out of policing, these problems will steadily get worse... until the federal government has to step as happened in LA.

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