Lawsuits and video cameras are the only things that have been shown to be effective in changing law enforcement's policies on abuses of power. If you're charged with a stack of crimes, you must pay bail. You must pay outrageous sums to a lawyer. You must take your time and effort and stress to defend yourself. You must take off work to go to court. You have to deal with the opinions, judgments and possible ostracism and suspensions that come from arbitrary felony charges.
The DA, the Judge, prosecutors and police all get paid to fight you on the clock and prosecute you using your own money.
"Unfair to the vast majority of professional, compassionate officers? Yes, but they are the ones most able to impose peer-disclipline on the bullies-in-blue among them. It's time for them to step up and over the blue line."
Agreed. You got respect when you were peace officers and used discretion. Now you're law enforcers touting the Nurenburg defense (I'm just doing my job/doing what I'm told.) The thin blue line is what keeps the bad apples in your bunch. As long as you allow them to remain in your midst and untouchable, you perpetuate the demise of any semblance left of honor in your job. I will agree there isn't much left to be had.
To Hanna Beckman... read your posts again. I love that your answer was "Do''nt like my answer, I will meet you anywhere/anytime. This German girl will show you hillbilly,redneck,lliterate PWT a thing or two." Its very illustrative of the mindset that is at issue here. Law enforcement is becoming a haven for insecure, fearful men and women looking for a government check and power. If you're young enough to garner a marketable skill, get out before it gets worse. The day of law enforcement being respectable has ended due to their own inability to separate the wheat from the chaff.
As for protection and "risking my life every day"... lets face it. Cops are here to protect the state now and are used more for revenue enhancement than protection of life and property. If red lights and traffic laws are sooo important to public safety, cop cars would not be immune to them.
I would love police to return to their former state of grace. Unfortunately, it isn't likely to happen. The history of the unionized government employees doesn't trend toward excellence.
Wow. Talk about a lack of discretion. Remember when you used to tell your children that the police were there to help you? Cops going on power hungry ego battles against the E.R. staff? Nice. Hopefully, he'll never get sick or injured. Mental note Officer Daves doesn't need treatment. He can heal himself with self righteous authority.