GlockTalk.com
Home Forums Classifieds Blogs Today's Posts Search Social Groups



  
SIGN-UP
Notices

Glock Talk
Welcome To The Glock Talk Forums.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-30-2011, 11:39   #51
ateamer
NRA4EVR
 
ateamer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: In the hallway - it's on cuz!
Posts: 14,614
If you think the Simi Valley jury was comprised of LEO's and family members, you are not aware of, or deliberately ignoring, the truth. Read Lou Cannon's book "Official Negligence" if you are interested in learning what really happened in court, and why. If you are relying on accounts from the news media, you are missing out on 90% of the facts.
__________________
Firearms instructor/Glock armorer
Airplane pilot - Commercial/Instrument rating
49er Faithful
Know-it-all
ateamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2011, 11:40   #52
Vigilant
Senior Member
 
Vigilant's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Inside the Perimeter
Posts: 8,014
Originally Posted by Cav
I have met some NYPD officers, State Troopers, Texas Rangers, and others that today would be called dirty, but back then would have been great LEO's.

This is part of what I alluded to previously. Even today, there are shades of gray. How many of us have talked about how we articulate our report, or statement, for example?
__________________
Illegitimi non carborundum
Vigilant is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2011, 11:40   #53
RetailNinja
Senior Member
 
RetailNinja's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Tuktoyaktuk
Posts: 1,407
Send a message via AIM to RetailNinja
No to all, unless I was Jeremy Renner's character in SWAT. Then I'd say yes.
__________________
Conservatism is a cardiac disorder - Brietbart
Liberalism is a mental disorder - Savage
RetailNinja is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2011, 11:42   #54
GPalmer
CLM Number 49
Charter Lifetime Member
 
GPalmer's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 13,023
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vigilant View Post
Speak only for yourself, please.
He can speak for me also...
__________________
BigPhil - Pugs are furry and absorbent. Like a little barking tampon.
craig_o - Nothing says blind date like a graveyard and a shovel.
OxCops - Your mind, like a retarded kid and a fist-throwing crackhead, should be well restrained.....
GPalmer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2011, 11:44   #55
GPalmer
CLM Number 49
Charter Lifetime Member
 
GPalmer's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 13,023
Quote:
Originally Posted by SAR View Post
In his defense, AA#5 didn't bring up Rodney King, I did. But I submit to you that it *is* all about that type of incident. If it hadn't been televised on all the news stations, and had you been a bystander officer, would you have reported this incident to the higher ups or not?
Naw, let's try a tough one. What if you had a partner you knew was in the middle of a tough time and was about to drive a block and a half home? I don't actually want an answer, but I think it's a better example of the gray areas you mentioned.
__________________
BigPhil - Pugs are furry and absorbent. Like a little barking tampon.
craig_o - Nothing says blind date like a graveyard and a shovel.
OxCops - Your mind, like a retarded kid and a fist-throwing crackhead, should be well restrained.....
GPalmer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2011, 11:53   #56
SAR
CLM Number
Charter Lifetime Member
 
SAR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: LA LA Land
Posts: 2,407
Quote:
Originally Posted by GPalmer View Post
Naw, let's try a tough one. What if you had a partner you knew was in the middle of a tough time and was about to drive a block and a half home? I don't actually want an answer, but I think it's a better example of the gray areas you mentioned.
Our Department has so criminalized drunk driving that the answer to that would actually be easy. We have a zero tolerance policy on drunk driving so the answer to your question has largely been taken out of our hands. Same goes for domestic violence. There is no more telling anyone to "walk off" an argument. If D/V happens in an officer's home, there will be severe repercussions. So to me, those are easy to answer. Again, the hardest issues I continue to grapple with are what constitutes reasonable and unreasonable force, what constitutes reasonable and unreasonable searches and seizure. Those to me are the gray areas...
__________________
Death is lighter than a feather, while duty is heavier than a mountain.
SAR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2011, 11:56   #57
Snowman92D
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Indianapolis
Posts: 4,345
Quote:
Originally Posted by USAFE7 View Post
Do insurgents count?
They do indeed. Every little bit helps. Thanks for helping to police that AO.
Snowman92D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2011, 11:58   #58
msu_grad_121
BOOSH
 
msu_grad_121's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: NW Burbs
Posts: 2,557
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vigilant View Post
Originally Posted by Cav
I have met some NYPD officers, State Troopers, Texas Rangers, and others that today would be called dirty, but back then would have been great LEO's.

This is part of what I alluded to previously. Even today, there are shades of gray. How many of us have talked about how we articulate our report, or statement, for example?
See, I don't think it's the same thing to write a report so as to articulate what happened in very technical terms, as long as it's not an out-and-out lie. If you punched the guy in the side of the head and stated that you struck him in or around the head area, that's one thing. But if you straight up deny that it happened, that's a whole different story.

As for the King tape, I have to admit I haven't seen the whole thing, but yeah the snippet that's been played over and over ad nauseum makes it look bad. But how hard is it to take something along those lines, show it out of context and make it look terrible?

There are definitely shades of gray, but as has been previously mentioned, that's when discretion comes into play. You don't get that opportunity when it involves theft, planting of evidence, murder, etc. Just my opinion, take it for what it's worth.
__________________
The name on the left side of your chest represents who you work for. The name on the right side of your chest represents who raised you. Make them both proud.
msu_grad_121 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2011, 12:05   #59
SAR
CLM Number
Charter Lifetime Member
 
SAR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: LA LA Land
Posts: 2,407
Quote:
Originally Posted by msu_grad_121 View Post
See, I don't think it's the same thing to write a report so as to articulate what happened in very technical terms, as long as it's not an out-and-out lie. If you punched the guy in the side of the head and stated that you struck him in or around the head area, that's one thing. But if you straight up deny that it happened, that's a whole different story.
Actually, I have known a few officers fired and even charged criminally for "omission" of facts without lying. If you are vague when it comes to certain aspects of search and seizure, and uses of force, and it is found that you omitted key facts, it will be dealt with just as harshly as if you lied.

Using your example above, we have a policy against punching a suspect in the throat in most use of force situations. If I wanted to be vague, I could say I punched the suspect in the extreme upper torso. It wouldn't be a lie, but again, it would be omitting a key fact, which is you punched the suspect in the throat.


Quote:
As for the King tape, I have to admit I haven't seen the whole thing, but yeah the snippet that's been played over and over ad nauseum makes it look bad. But how hard is it to take something along those lines, show it out of context and make it look terrible?
We're police officers, not ballerinas. Uses of force are never meant to look pretty. It's not hard at all.
__________________
Death is lighter than a feather, while duty is heavier than a mountain.

Last edited by SAR; 05-30-2011 at 12:06..
SAR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2011, 12:06   #60
GPalmer
CLM Number 49
Charter Lifetime Member
 
GPalmer's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 13,023
Quote:
Originally Posted by SAR View Post
Our Department has so criminalized drunk driving that the answer to that would actually be easy. We have a zero tolerance policy on drunk driving so the answer to your question has largely been taken out of our hands. Same goes for domestic violence. There is no more telling anyone to "walk off" an argument. If D/V happens in an officer's home, there will be severe repercussions. So to me, those are easy to answer. Again, the hardest issues I continue to grapple with are what constitutes reasonable and unreasonable force, what constitutes reasonable and unreasonable searches and seizure. Those to me are the gray areas...
OK, bad example on my part. I was looking for something with a low probability of damage that was "impulsive" behavior (instead of systemic) if you will and would cause serious issues for the miscreant. Anyway, moving on...

I could see the gray areas you wrestle with since at least part of their definition involves what is in another human's mind. More along the lines of, did the officer's know that the person they chased and caught was unconscious when they dog-piled him and broke his ribs? That's a toughie since reputations are easily ruined.
__________________
BigPhil - Pugs are furry and absorbent. Like a little barking tampon.
craig_o - Nothing says blind date like a graveyard and a shovel.
OxCops - Your mind, like a retarded kid and a fist-throwing crackhead, should be well restrained.....
GPalmer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2011, 12:10   #61
EOD3
Senior Member
 
EOD3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Indiana
Posts: 760
Quote:
Originally Posted by AA#5 View Post
If I recall correctly, two of the cops who hit most of the "home runs"......(a quote from one of the cops) were sentenced to 72 months in Federal prison (after being found "not guilty" by a brain-dead Simi Valley jury that consisted mostly of cops' relatives, cops' friends & cops' neighbors.)
You seem to have forgoten that the make-up of the jury was pretty much dictated by the (IIRC) NAACP interviewing pretty much every perspective juror "of color" in the jurisdiction.

Watch a 30 second clip and you think you should be able to pick the jurors based on your "mean ole po-po" point of view. Are you so blind that you don't see the "federal" BS as politically-motivated salve for the democratic base?
__________________
Just my blood alcohol content...
EOD3

Last edited by EOD3; 05-30-2011 at 12:11..
EOD3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2011, 12:12   #62
SAR
CLM Number
Charter Lifetime Member
 
SAR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: LA LA Land
Posts: 2,407
Quote:
Originally Posted by GPalmer View Post
OK, bad example on my part. I was looking for something with a low probability of damage that was "impulsive" behavior (instead of systemic) if you will and would cause serious issues for the miscreant. Anyway, moving on...

I could see the gray areas you wrestle with since at least part of their definition involves what is in another human's mind. More along the lines of, did the officer's know that the person they chased and caught was unconscious when they dog-piled him and broke his ribs? That's a toughie since reputations are easily ruined.
I'll give you a real example. A gang officer sees a known gang member standing on a street corner. Upon seeing the gang officer, the gang member takes a step back stoops behind a car and then comes back to the curb. The officer decides to stop and talk to the gang member. The officer also goes over to the car and finds a loaded 9mm Glock on the ground next to the car. The officer never saw the gang member with the gun. The officer never saw the gang member drop the gun. The gang member said he didn't know the gun was there, that he was just stretching his legs.

So now what?
__________________
Death is lighter than a feather, while duty is heavier than a mountain.
SAR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2011, 12:26   #63
EOD3
Senior Member
 
EOD3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Indiana
Posts: 760
Quote:
Originally Posted by SAR View Post
I'll give you a real example. A gang officer sees a known gang member standing on a street corner. Upon seeing the gang officer, the gang member takes a step back stoops behind a car and then comes back to the curb. The officer decides to stop and talk to the gang member. The officer also goes over to the car and finds a loaded 9mm Glock on the ground next to the car. The officer never saw the gang member with the gun. The officer never saw the gang member drop the gun. The gang member said he didn't know the gun was there, that he was just stretching his legs.

So now what?

I'm guessing "free Glock" is not the right answer.
__________________
Just my blood alcohol content...
EOD3
EOD3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2011, 12:27   #64
msu_grad_121
BOOSH
 
msu_grad_121's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: NW Burbs
Posts: 2,557
Quote:
Originally Posted by SAR View Post
I'll give you a real example. A gang officer sees a known gang member standing on a street corner. Upon seeing the gang officer, the gang member takes a step back stoops behind a car and then comes back to the curb. The officer decides to stop and talk to the gang member. The officer also goes over to the car and finds a loaded 9mm Glock on the ground next to the car. The officer never saw the gang member with the gun. The officer never saw the gang member drop the gun. The gang member said he didn't know the gun was there, that he was just stretching his legs.

So now what?
Personally, I don't see how you'd get a prosecutor to sign off on an arrest for that, but as one of the instructors in the academy said all the time, "you can't have what you can't have." Seize the gun for sure, if you think you've got PC that he dropped it there, put the grabs on him and let the prosecutor figure it out. I guess I'm pretty lucky in some respects since my last department pretty much had a policy that said "throw it against the wall, if it sticks great, if not, that's fine too."

Did we get sued? All the time, mainly for use of force issues, but only once was a lawsuit successful (an incident which took place when I was thankfully not working), and it had nothing to do with search and seizure. You're absolutely right though, use of force isn't supposed to look pretty.

I feel like you and I are on the same page on the omission issue, even though it might might be immediately apparent. I'm saying that if you did something and you write it in professional, technical terms, that's one thing, but doing something (to use your example, punching someone in the throat) that is verbotten, and leaving it out of the report is a whole different can of worms.
__________________
The name on the left side of your chest represents who you work for. The name on the right side of your chest represents who raised you. Make them both proud.

Last edited by msu_grad_121; 05-30-2011 at 12:29..
msu_grad_121 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2011, 12:28   #65
msu_grad_121
BOOSH
 
msu_grad_121's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: NW Burbs
Posts: 2,557
Quote:
Originally Posted by EOD3 View Post
I'm guessing "free Glock" is not the right answer.
No, but points for creativity!
__________________
The name on the left side of your chest represents who you work for. The name on the right side of your chest represents who raised you. Make them both proud.
msu_grad_121 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2011, 12:31   #66
wprebeck
Die, bird, die!
 
wprebeck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: In a swamp, if I'm lucky
Posts: 8,461
Depends. Will your evidence tech (whatever name they go by) check for prints? I can articulate probable cause to arrest the guy for (in my state) possession of a handgun by a felon.

Defense will argue thepoint that the turd didnt know it was there. However, if your agency will check for prints, its an easy conviction. If not, then seize the gun, detain the jackleg for a little while, run him for warrants etc, etc, then cut him loose....if you work in an area where making that arrest would jam you up.
__________________
Take 'em!
wprebeck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2011, 12:32   #67
USAFE7
Retired USAF-SP
 
USAFE7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Alabama
Posts: 181
Quote:
Originally Posted by EOD3 View Post
I'm guessing "free Glock" is not the right answer.
Well I'm out of answers then
__________________
1911 G22
USAFE7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2011, 12:33   #68
GPalmer
CLM Number 49
Charter Lifetime Member
 
GPalmer's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 13,023
Quote:
Originally Posted by SAR View Post
I'll give you a real example. A gang officer sees a known gang member standing on a street corner. Upon seeing the gang officer, the gang member takes a step back stoops behind a car and then comes back to the curb. The officer decides to stop and talk to the gang member. The officer also goes over to the car and finds a loaded 9mm Glock on the ground next to the car. The officer never saw the gang member with the gun. The officer never saw the gang member drop the gun. The gang member said he didn't know the gun was there, that he was just stretching his legs.

So now what?
My naive answer would be an investigation to see if said gang member's fingerprints were on the weapon would be in order. To my uneducated eye, it seems the officer has done things correctly. Of course, I see where you're going with this one, but at least personally, I wouldn't go there since lying under oath puts you in the same class as the folks you're putting away. Then again, letting him go has a potential for harm to other members of society. Definitely gray, but I am who I am and he'd walk unless I could tie him to the gun with real evidence.
__________________
BigPhil - Pugs are furry and absorbent. Like a little barking tampon.
craig_o - Nothing says blind date like a graveyard and a shovel.
OxCops - Your mind, like a retarded kid and a fist-throwing crackhead, should be well restrained.....

Last edited by GPalmer; 05-30-2011 at 12:35..
GPalmer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2011, 12:36   #69
Patchman
Florist
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Land of Flora, Fauna & Merriweather
Posts: 11,582
Quote:
Originally Posted by GPalmer View Post
OK, bad example on my part. I was looking for something with a low probability of damage that was "impulsive" behavior (instead of systemic) if you will and would cause serious issues for the miscreant. Anyway, moving on...

I could see the gray areas you wrestle with since at least part of their definition involves what is in another human's mind. More along the lines of, did the officer's know that the person they chased and caught was unconscious when they dog-piled him and broke his ribs? That's a toughie since reputations are easily ruined.
Or this.

A woman is getting evicted from her home. The court appointed repossessor is there and so are you (LEO), to keep the peace. You know the woman from the neighborhood as a drug user. You advice her to grab her ID and important documents, etc... and because the repossessor will box all her stuff and put them in storage, she should also grab whatever is important to her.

When she hears this, her eyes immediately goes straight to a small black plastic shopping bag hanging by the chair. Then she looks at you like a 10-year old who got caught. The repossessor also looks at you (he's sizing you up).

There's no 4th Amendment issues here because it is a court ordered eviction. The repossessor is court appointed with instructions to remove everything. He has the duty and authority to catalogue and list things he is removing. He is allowed to look into that black plastic bag.

He's looking to you (LEO) for direction. What do you say or do?
__________________
Sounds like he has nothing left but be a monkey's uncle. It's not like he's got a monkey's manhood left.

And thank YOU for being perfect, all the time, every time. Go forth and reproduce. We need more of you.
Patchman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2011, 12:41   #70
SAR
CLM Number
Charter Lifetime Member
 
SAR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: LA LA Land
Posts: 2,407
Quote:
Originally Posted by USAFE7 View Post
There has been A LOT of accusations lately (by you know who...) of a officer KNOWING of fellow officers committing crimes involving "planting evidence, falsifying reports, bad shoots (murder: planting a gun to justify) and so on. My questions are pretty straight forward.....

(1) Would you allow any of the above to happen OR continue to happen if/when you found out what was going on?

(2) Are there any circumstances that might persuade you to overlook the above?

(3) Would you be able to face another day knowing you were able to stop the unlawful actions of a bad officer but allowed him/them to continue their illegal activities?

(4) While I'm sure most/all LEOs here would uphold the law are there ANY reasons you wouldn't?

Quote:
Originally Posted by GPalmer View Post
My naive answer would be an investigation to see if said gang member's fingerprints were on the weapon would be in order. To my uneducated eye, it seems the officer has done things correctly. Of course, I see where you're going with this one, but at least personally, I wouldn't go there since lying under oath puts you in the same class as the folks you're putting away. Then again, letting him go has a potential for harm to other members of society. Definitely gray, but I am who I am and he'd walk unless I could tie him to the gun with real evidence.
My intent in providing this example was not to get an answer, but rather to show the OP that law enforcement is all about the "gray zone." Good, seasoned cops walk the line well. Anyone can work in the black and white.
__________________
Death is lighter than a feather, while duty is heavier than a mountain.
SAR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2011, 12:44   #71
SAR
CLM Number
Charter Lifetime Member
 
SAR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: LA LA Land
Posts: 2,407
Quote:
Originally Posted by Patchman View Post
Or this.

He's looking to you (LEO) for direction. What do you say or do?
If you tell him to do anything, he's acting as your agent. Citizens do not fall under unlawful searches and seizure. A private citizen acting on his own cannot violate search and seizure. A citizen acting as your agent can.
__________________
Death is lighter than a feather, while duty is heavier than a mountain.
SAR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2011, 12:46   #72
wprebeck
Die, bird, die!
 
wprebeck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: In a swamp, if I'm lucky
Posts: 8,461
Quote:
Originally Posted by Patchman View Post
Or this.

A woman is getting evicted from her home. The court appointed repossessor is there and so are you (LEO), to keep the peace. You know the woman from the neighborhood as a drug user. You advice her to grab her ID and important documents, etc... and because the repossessor will box all her stuff and put them in storage, she should also grab whatever is important to her.

When she hears this, her eyes immediately goes straight to a small black plastic shopping bag hanging by the chair. Then she looks at you like a 10-year old who got caught. The repossessor also looks at you (he's sizing you up).

There's no 4th Amendment issues here because it is a court ordered eviction. The repossessor is court appointed with instructions to remove everything. He has the duty and authority to catalogue and list things he is removing. He is allowed to look into that black plastic bag.

He's looking to you (LEO) for direction. What do you say or do?

He gets to look, then. If its illegal contraband, she goes to jail. Not seeing the gray area, because:

You are in a place you have a legal right to be (were sent there, so that's obvious)

The assessor has the legal right to inventory items. Should those items be inventoried in front of you, in plain view, well....where's the gray area?


That's like our local agency using probation officers or our home incarceration officers Tonga in access to a house. Nothing illegal about it, just using the tools set out by the courts. A condition of home incarceration is that you must allow our officers to enter at anytime. Failure to do so gets your ass brought back to jail....sometimes with your door kicked in. LMPD likes to get into houses for one reason or another, so they work with our HIP folks, nothing gray or shady - all aboveboard and legal.
__________________
Take 'em!
wprebeck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2011, 12:47   #73
Patchman
Florist
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Land of Flora, Fauna & Merriweather
Posts: 11,582
Quote:
Originally Posted by SAR View Post
I'll give you a real example. A gang officer sees a known gang member standing on a street corner. Upon seeing the gang officer, the gang member takes a step back stoops behind a car and then comes back to the curb. The officer decides to stop and talk to the gang member. The officer also goes over to the car and finds a loaded 9mm Glock on the ground next to the car. The officer never saw the gang member with the gun. The officer never saw the gang member drop the gun. The gang member said he didn't know the gun was there, that he was just stretching his legs.

So now what?
Many, many years ago, one of my officers was processing an arrest so he placed his Glock 19 in the gun locker. When he was all done, he tried to open the locker but somehow the cylinder was broken. He couldn't get his gun out and for some reason was really worried about it.

I called the SWAT team and asked it they could help. They said sure, will be over ASAP.

In the meantime, the cop was still really worried. So to calm him down I told him that I was sending all available manpower to the streets to arrest anyone carrying a Glock 19. Then he can hold on to the gun until his own was extricated from the locker.

He did not find it humorous.
__________________
Sounds like he has nothing left but be a monkey's uncle. It's not like he's got a monkey's manhood left.

And thank YOU for being perfect, all the time, every time. Go forth and reproduce. We need more of you.
Patchman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2011, 12:47   #74
ateamer
NRA4EVR
 
ateamer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: In the hallway - it's on cuz!
Posts: 14,614
Quote:
Originally Posted by Patchman View Post
Or this.

A woman is getting evicted from her home. The court appointed repossessor is there and so are you (LEO), to keep the peace. You know the woman from the neighborhood as a drug user. You advice her to grab her ID and important documents, etc... and because the repossessor will box all her stuff and put them in storage, she should also grab whatever is important to her.

When she hears this, her eyes immediately goes straight to a small black plastic shopping bag hanging by the chair. Then she looks at you like a 10-year old who got caught. The repossessor also looks at you (he's sizing you up).

There's no 4th Amendment issues here because it is a court ordered eviction. The repossessor is court appointed with instructions to remove everything. He has the duty and authority to catalogue and list things he is removing. He is allowed to look into that black plastic bag.

He's looking to you (LEO) for direction. What do you say or do?
If I tell him to, or suggest, that he look inside the bag, the court is probably going to rule that he is acting as an agent of the government and could suppress it. More likely is get consent to search the bag. As you know, most dopers will give consent if you have the gift of gab.
__________________
Firearms instructor/Glock armorer
Airplane pilot - Commercial/Instrument rating
49er Faithful
Know-it-all
ateamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2011, 12:51   #75
collim1
Shower Time!
 
collim1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 9,968
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dukeboy01 View Post
My answer to the OP's original four questions, especially in a semi- public forum, is of course "No."

Would I flush my career away in protest if the powers that be chose to do nothing about it after I informed them? That answer is also "No."

Which, I suppose, in practice makes my answer to question #3, a "Yes."



Actually, now that I think about it, it was always a "Yes." Sorry, but I don't have it in me to carry around a bunch of guilt for others' bad behavior. I do what's right and set the best example for others that I can and I most certainly would report the misconduct. But the question is phrased as if we'd be expected to either quit or kill ourselves if we couldn't stop all the dirty cops in the world that we knew of. That's not happening. For one thing, if all the good cops quit or kill themselves then where would we be as a society?



I'm going to change my answer here as well. There are, of course, hundreds of reasons why any of us might choose to excercise our discretion not to enforce the letter of the law given the totality of the circumstances. Yes, this applies to fellow LEOs who get a pass on traffic tickets from me, but it also applies to civilians in numerous situations.

The victim of a rape I'm getting ready to interview at the hospital reaches into her purse to get her id card and a baggie of weed falls out. The law demands that she be charged for the offense of possession of marijuana in order for the law to be considered "upheld." I doubt many of us would physically arrest her for it, but how many would still cite her? How many would flush the weed?

Like it or not, this job is about the different shades of gray and the toughest decisions are faced at the lighter end of the scale. Would I help an officer cover up a murder? No, of course not. Would I drive an off- duty officer home who's DUI? Yes. Now that same officer has showed up for duty two days later and you believe that he's intoxicated again, which means he was DUI in a patrol car on his way to work. What would you do?
Good post, and very true.
collim1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump




All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:35.



Homepage
FAQ
Forums
Calendar
Advertise
Gallery
GT Wiki
GT Blogs
Social Groups
Classifieds


Users Currently Online: 812
240 Members
572 Guests

Most users ever online: 2,244
Nov 11, 2013 at 11:42