originally posted by: framedragged
a reply to: Swills
And the local magistrate threw his case against the cops out of court. Despite an officer admitting he lied and a ton of evidence being destroyed.
what a kind sweet soul she is.
I have a huge, terrible, horrific, issue with this.
Okay, so they mucked up. Bad. Then, try to cover it up. When called on it, they hem and haw, and the case, all charges, dismissed.
Who foots the bills on this? What redress does this man, or anyone, in a similar situation, have? I can answer you. None.
If the suit against the officers, or department, is dropped, you're done. No one, I mean NO ONE, will give a care once this reaches this stage.
The most horrible things imaginable can happen, and unless you literally have dollars to burn or some magical carpet ride to center stage media, at a
high enough level to literally embarrass them to address YOUR issue out of saving their butts for face value alone, you're done.
There is no one policing the police, except! your local Bureau of Investigations. Sadly, however, only the Police Departments can call them in. This
is the saving face part. I would like to claim that, as it should be, these outside agencies are unbiased, however, they are also corrupt from within,
AT TIMES. Not always, as with anything, but, the risk is high that the outsider, you, will be seen as a trouble maker, and the insiders, the boyz in
bloo, are part and parcel of a good ole boy network.
So, finding yourself in a situation such as this man, where do you go for help? Home, if you manage to still have one. Some people lose their jobs,
their spouses, families, children, their entire life savings, all their personal belongings, everything that constitutes "them", and they have nowhere
to turn for redress.
If you are broke, which you usually are after posting bond, fees, fines, etc., no one but the richest, or those with wealthy family members, have any
way to hire a personal attorney and go after them, civilly.
Yep, that's your only chance, a civil suit. Do you realize that some Court districts have NEVER heard a successful Civil Rights suit against a police
agency, or the supporting jail/prison system? Shocking, because you must know at some llace and time, a persons' Civil rights have been violated in
every place in this country. However, the fact remains a truth, that some districts are devoid of a successful suit. The begs the question, "Why?".
And, the simple answer is, "Hey, this judge has your back."
Right this moment, I can show you a Sheriff that has had thousands, no exagerrating, of suits filed against him. Not one has ever been successful, and
his abuse in his jail continues. Why? Because they have his back. The only hope? Change of venue. Even then, good luck, because just like doctors,
it's a silent code. We don't do anything to jeopardize each other. Period.
If you sense I am angry, you are correct. If you sense I am bitter, yep, that too. Sadly, this man's life may have been destroyed, at the very least,
we know it was greatly disrupted. One can only pray that one day, what goes around comes around, and those that did him wrong, pay in some way. My
heart breaks for him, because I know the desperation he felt, first hand.
I do think it is wrong to convict an entire PD based on the actions of a few. We do not know what happened to these cops, employment wise, as has been
pointed out, a new Chief was hired, so one can only hope that some changes within were made. What I can say is, each case really must be looked at on
a case by case basis, though I do feel corruption is wide spread, there ARE cops who live by, "Be the change you want to see."
However, let it be said, it's a stain, and no doubt, one of many excellent reasons to point to for the general mistrust of that PD, and, in general,
the angst about police in general.
edit on 16-8-2014 by Libertygal because: (no reason given)