If I recall correctly, LEO's frequent say, "If you are not breaking the law, you have nothing to hide"
We've reached a point where ALL police officers, across the country need to be publicly identified individually on a website and searchable app, with
the data stored on decentralized system, like a bit torrent, combined with the interface characteristics of Linkedin, IMDB and Wikipedia. Essentially
a reverse "Megan's Law Registry" specifically for LEO profiles that aggregates ALL legally obtained, public information about individual LEO's, whom
due to being public servants, can have some private information listed about them online for the public to view.
The main items this hypothetical website/App should include are a photo of the officer, badge number and all easily obtained publicly available
information such as pay: job title, jurisdictions they have served in, years of service, which pension plans they are eligible for, etc. (Note, since
LEO's work for state and local agencies this information must be made available to the public, per state law). The secondary items that should be
shown, but would cost real money to obtain, should include findings from case law searches and Freedom of Information Act requests, listing ALL court
cases the individual LEO has been involved in, police reports showing instances when an individual named LEO potentially caused the death of another
human being, recorded paid leave and any current and past reprimands they may have received while employed as an officer. Note, the site should NEVER
include items of speculation, such as personal comments, etc., just a laundry list of documented actions these officers took, but may have been
officially labeled as, no fault, police immunity, etc.
If such a website existed ALL LEO's would know that their actions, in the field, will be following them around on the web for as long as they live.
Since laws will NOT be changed to protect the public, the public needs to shame LEO's, using "Scarlet Letter" style tactics. Think about it,
civilians would be able potentially to look up ANY individual officer and see how many times that person has been on "paid leave", due to the death of
a civilian. Of course, LEO's with such reports attached to their name are not "legally guilty of manslaughter or murder", but if an officer has more
than ONE instance listed under their name, it should safe to assume that they are indeed a danger to a average citizen and should be viewed with
Contemporary LEOs have proven, through their actions, that they are in place to do the following and NOTHING MORE:
1. Protect themselves.
2. Maximize their total compensation.
3. Act as a source of revenue generation for the department currently employing them, the union they belong to and the local governments authorizing
4. Protecting the commercial interests of national corporations (with PAC's lobbying on the behalf of the big corporations)
5. Protecting the private property and political interests of large, influential, land & business owners, residing within their jurisdiction, that
contribute to and participate in local politics (for example, those making campaign donations for local Police Chief, Sheriff, DA and judge
6. Controlling dissenting narratives that would interfere with 1-5.
They’ve been totally co-opted, insulated from financial consequences and tax paying citizens are picking up the tab. Civilians, TODAY, should view
the police no differently than police typically view the general public, that is, with suspicion.
The way things are set up now LEO's can just kill people, get fired, transfer to a new department, keep their retirement package and have the tax
payers foot ensuing the lawsuit bills.
When an LEO kills someone and is found legally negligent, they should be INSTANTLY rendered un-insurable, due to having to pay out a large claim from
their homeowner, renters or personal liability insurance policies etc.
When an LEO kills someone and is under review, the department and the officer should be investigated by an agency that is not part of or affiliated
with the state police, district attorney's office or Internal Affairs and that agency should also have the powers to both arrest officers and force
the DA to press charges. In fact, I'd argue, things have gotten so bad today, that we've also reached a point where the FBI should be doing these
kinds of investigations on a regular basis, under a HUGE expanded budget.
When an LEO kills someone and is found either legally negligent or innocent of any wrongdoing, that "killing" should follow them around on paper for
the rest of their lives, without exception, just like a false arrest, misdemeanor or felony would when a civilian gets a background check for
Why, you say? Well, companies wouldn't hire people that got caught with a little weed in their car, even if it happened 20 years ago and that person
was released without charges or acquitted in court, but somehow the same company would hire a retired LEO that killed another human being because
"their old job said they were allowed legally to so".
Which "offense" is worse in the grand scheme of the universe?
Thats why I have suggested that police need even tighter rules of engagement than they have now, Even, if, it results in their death, firing or
resignation. If such tight "rules of engagement" are good enough for US forces serving in a WAR ZONE, like Afghanistan today, than tight "rules of
engagement" are "good enough" for domestic LEO's as well.
LEO's are not legally allowed to be judge, jury and executioners, they are ONLY enforcer of the law. People need to recognize that LEO's are NOTHING
more than Public Servants that get a State Pension, just like a County Clerk would. LEO's should ALWAYS have to choose between surviving a dangerous
conflict or losing their job. However, they are certainly "justified" to do their best to live another day, but that doesn't mean they should keep
their job, if someone dies. Killing a civilian, should equal instant lay-off, firing or transfer to administration/operations roles that do not have
arresting powers, justified shooting or not. If such were the case, I can GUARANTEE, that "incidents" of fatal shootings would drop off a cliff.
LEO's have far too much responsibility within American society to be given ANY leeway or compromise. In fact, policing should be a temporary position,
with no long term employees "on the beat" with arresting powers. Veteran LEO should eventually be moved into admin positions that have no authority to
arrest, in effect, having a type of LEO term-limits. Police and law enforcement agencies need a checks and balances system because the current unions,
no-fault shootings, and liability payouts, covered by local/state governments have made these guys little "teflon don's".
Civilians should NOT trust the motivations of LEO's and MUST always assume that their live are in danger, with EVERY interaction they have with
Why? Not because ALL LEO's are bad, but because ALL LEO's are LEGALLY AUTHORIZED to kill civilians, as they see fit, with little risk of legal or
So, why should civilians take the risk of death, when its far easier to not interact, not help and outright avoid LEO's, whom are LEGALLY AUTHORIZED
to kill civilians, as they see fit?
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