Officer Daves should be separated from his badge and gun NOW, before he does something more insane, and he should be sent for evaluation first thing Monday. He may be more likely suited to be keeper of the evidence room or something. His supervisors who have covered for him and brought the egregious charges of assault and evading need to be replaced with public servants who are willing to serve the public's interest.
This incident is the latest in a serial saga of police bullying, that like other forms of addiction, won't be stopped by the addicted. The addicted will need increasingly heavier hits to feed their ego-power cravings.
Police leadership should be responsible for testing recruits and applicants so that the power-hungry are not hired. And when one slips through the net and into the line-up, that leadership needs the backbone to remove and redirect them to a more appropriate position.
Maybe "Let none live in fear" should be removed from our police cars. Replace it with "Shut up, or I'm taking you to Jail."
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.
Wonderfully refreshing work. Photo #5 says it best. You have come a long way!
--"U.S. Rep. Health Shuler, D-N.C., is among other lawmakers included"(2nd paragraph)
Does this mean we can have Heath-care reform?