Thursday, January 31st, 2008
- A Chicago cop caught on tape beating a man handcuffed to a wheelchair will apparently be back on the job come April.
- L.A. cops convicted of robbing people in burglaries disguised as drug raids. So not only can you not be sure the people banging down your door at night are the police, not only can you not be sure they’re the police even if they say they’re the police (lots of criminals have caught on, and now stage fake drug raids), you can’t even be sure it’s safe to let them in even if they are the police.
- A Philly cop who did narcotics work in majority black neighborhoods was caught with an interesting poster in his locker:
A cartoon of a man, half as an officer in uniform and half as a Klansman with the words: “Blue By Day – White By Night. White Power,” according to police officials.
- A cop in Atlanta admits to taking “protection” money from local businesses. Yes, he’s being tried for his crimes. But he never would have been caught were it not for investigations resulting from the Kathryn Johnston case. Had Alex White done what his police handlers pressured him to do, all of this corruption at APD would still be going on.
- Good news from Seattle, where
a new the mayor is proposing some sweeping changes to make the city’s police department more transparent and accountable. An officer caught lying while doing his job will now face a presumption of termination. The changes came after the police chief ignored the city’s civilian review board recommendation that two officers be fired for using excessive force, then lying about the incident.
Missouri Illinois cop turns off his video monitor, then drives in excess of 120 mph to an accident scene that had already been secured. He then lost control of the car, and slammed into an SUV, killing two teenage sisters. It’s not clear what’s being done about it. He’s apparently still being paid. And this article says he is not facing any disciplinary charges. On the other hand, it also says the district attorney is looking into the possibility of charging him with reckless homicide.
- Police in Colorado are being investigated for going a bit too far in a prostitution sting. There are about a half-dozen of these stories per year. Always a problem when you have laws that cops have to break in order to enforce.
- A town in Connecticut will have to pay a $100,000 to a police officer who was fired for lying in a police report. He’ll also get his job back. It’s not that he didn’t lie. Rather, an arbitrator ruled that he was treated differently than other officers, triggering an “age discrimination” complaint.