reply to post by jonnywhite
There needs to be a change in the way police actions are "corrected". Obviously, the rather stupid method of having them investigate themselves (who
thought THAT up, and who said it was acceptable?) has to go. No more IA, unless that regulates cop-on-cop action. But the process of rubber stamping
"nothing was found" on cops unless they're recorded dancing around the body with bloody knives in their teeth is pointless. I don't know about
you, but I wouldn't trust any ruling they came back with, ever. IA is pointless.
Next, the local prosecutors are dependent on police cooperation to bring in cases that get them re-elected. So they're not about to challenge a
cop's veracity or the illegality of their actions, unless it rises to the point that the public might not forget it by election time. They do, after
all, have the power to simply not prosecute ANY crime they choose not to, and by legal precedent, that's considered ok.
Time for that to go as well. What we need is a cop oversight board that's not local, not dependent on cops to be re-elected, and not involved in
local politics. A DOJ function that constantly rotates personnel to reduce chicanery, and is incentivized to put cops in federal prison for long
stretches. One that has power to simply set cop authority aside state, county, and local, and investigate with the full power of the feds. And if
there's no cooperation, they should be able to put the uncooperative into the pokey for contempt. And if they find some issues, they should be able
to just waltz in with a few dozen guys with M4's and put the cops on the ground, and take the ones away they want. Period.
And then on top of that you need round-the-clock monitoring of cops, one they can't turn off or erase. And yeah, we can weed out the places you peed.
Given some way to stop it, you'll abuse it, so just pee for the camera.
And then we need a federal law that overrides all local and state laws and provides clear and unquibbling rights for any citizen to record any cop at
any time outside their domiciles.
Finally, no more 'multiple hats'. If you're working at a walmart, fine, but you can forget arresting someone or acting like you're suddenly a cop.
You come up to me in a store in plainclothes and grab me for no reason and get a bloody nose, no suddenly swapping hats and squalling that I just hit
a cop. Nope, you can work all the ot you want, but you're not a cop when doing so. If you go after a shoplifter in the parking lot, you do so as joe
citizen and no more.