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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-14-11 02:20 AM
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11. I have never, ever heard of any department purging
bad cops and changing their training because of shit like this.

We all know that this is becoming common.

Warrants are unnecessary if they don't think you are important enough and/or rich enough to be able to have a lawyer to fight them for not having one. So poor and powerless people just don't get the protection of the 4th amendment, and the courts routinely look the other way.

Cops are able to lie and file false charges to criminalize anyone they want, so even if you haven't done anything, even if they have the wrong house, if they decide they want to put someone in jail the cops can always manage to do it. They may have attacked you, and didn't ever identify themselves as cops, but you have no legal right to defend yourself, they get to arrest you on the fake charge of attacking them, and they'll get a conviction even if there are witnesses that swear you were entirely passive and complied with the plain-clothes, unannounced police.

If that isn't enough, they can always drop small amounts of party drugs where ever they searched just so they can "find" it and arrest you for it "possession" of it. Hey, when they confiscate stuff in drug busts, you don't think they destroy that stuff, do you? What better use for it than to create lots more criminals to keep them in business, justify their existence, and reinforce their absolute authority?

Finding people who have broken laws takes a lot of time, and effort. Why bother working so hard when it is so much easier to criminalize any powerless nobodies that happen to be nearby? If they do it often enough, prison corporations might even reward their department with some gifts and perks as a way of saying "thank you for the business."

So, have you ever heard of any city or town doing anything to clean up corruption and purging the the leadership, and the training and supervising staff responsible for the culture that allows this kind of stuff to happen? Have you ever heard of an internal affairs office that wasn't mostly there for whitewashing and finding one person to blame? Have you ever heard of a civilian review board that was able to recommend real consequences and realistically see them ever happen?

No, neither have I. Organizations with power have far too much incentive to cover up their faults and protect themselves from outside influence, and police departments are institutionalized power and authority. It is in their nature to protect themselves from outside influence and oversight.

But that leaves us here, with police protecting corrupt cops far more than they protect us.
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