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Wed Jan 11, 2017, 01:43 PM

Police Officers Overwhelmingly Agree That Bad Cops Arent Held Accountable

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WASHINGTON ― U.S. police officers largely believe high-profile deaths of black people at the hands of law enforcement officers have made their jobs more difficult, according to a new national survey. Theyíre also skeptical of the protests that have followed those tragic incidents.

But thereís one key issue where it turns out protesters and law enforcement officers overwhelmingly agree: Bad cops arenít held accountable.

Seventy-two percent of U.S. police officers do not believe that officers who consistently do a poor job are held accountable, according to a new Pew Research Center survey conducted by the National Police Research Platform.

Asked whether they agreed with the idea that officers who consistently do a poor job are held accountable, 47 percent of officers disagreed and 25 percent strongly disagreed. Barely one-quarter of officers surveyed either agreed or strongly agreed that officers who do a poor job are held accountable (24 percent agreed, while just 3 percent strongly agreed).

The majority of officers, 53 percent, either disagreed or strongly disagreed that the disciplinary process at their agency is fair, while a combined 46 percent agreed or strongly agreed that it is fair.

The Pew Research Centerís survey was conducted last year and involved nearly 8,000 law enforcement officers. Many of the other results of the survey will not be terribly surprising to those paying close attention to the tensions between law enforcement and many of the communities they patrol. It found that most officers donít believe the public understands the risks and challenges of being a police officer, for example. But the survey does reveal deep divisions within the law enforcement community.

The Justice Departmentís forthcoming report on the Chicago Police Department is likely to focus on how many of the nationís law enforcement agencies fail to hold officers accountable when they engage in misconduct.

Under Obama, DOJís Civil Rights Division has taken a more aggressive approach to addressing systemic problems of police misconduct, and many of its reports on police departments have focused on problems in their internal affairs systems.

But Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who is all but certain to be confirmed as President-elect Donald Trumpís attorney general, indicated Tuesday that heíd be hesitant to pursue consent decrees with police departments where federal investigators have found patterns of unconstitutional conduct, in part because having DOJ say an agency is systematically failing would be bad for officer morale.


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Wed Jan 11, 2017, 02:16 PM

1. any decent cops they should quit the criminal protection leagues and form new unions that will not

exist mostly to protect bad guys

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Wed Jan 11, 2017, 02:19 PM

2. And the same is true for doctors. it's a little better, but not nearly good enough.

Doctors hesitate to report or sanction another doctor.

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