Scalia’s New Professionalism Roundup

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.
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17 Responses to “Scalia’s New Professionalism Roundup”

  1. #1 |  Brian Moore | 

    To add:

    Only because I happened to see it on CNN this morning. :(

  2. #2 |  Nando | 

    Did anyone else find it ironic that the prostitution case took place in Arapahoe County?

    Anywho, that cop that beat the wheelchair-bound man should not only be fired, he should face criminal charges. That’s just my opinion, anyway.

    I also think that the story about L.A. cops faking raids to rob people should be used by the defense in the Ryan Frederick case.

  3. #3 |  Nathan | 

    Tell me Radley, do you keep your hair short to prevent yourself from pulling it out?

  4. #4 |  ZappaCrappa | 

    But remember kiddies, we have NO reason to fear or distrust the police. Their motto is “PROTECT our own butts and SERVE you a big ‘ol can of kick ass”

    Digusting stories…I’m willing to bet at the cop sites they are now railing Radley for being a cop hater…AND also standing in line to support their “brothers in blue.” I would go check…but I have no desire to vomit this early in the morning.

  5. #5 |  Brian Moore | 

    The only way you can justify getting angry at him (as a cop) is if you can prove that what he said was wrong. If you can’t, then you have to admit, as a good cop, that bad cops are a far larger threat to you and your reputation than someone who points them out.

  6. #6 |  Keith | 

    In item six above, this was an Illinois State Trooper, not a Missouri cop.

  7. #7 |  Packratt | 

    Um, about that Seattle story, it’s not quite as simple as it’s being laid out. The mayor and the city may be quite unable to enact the reforms that the two different panels they formed have presented to them.

    Reforms suggested by the council’s panels were implemented last year, only to be overruled by a complaint to the state labor board from the police union (SPOG). If that ruling stands, the reforms might never get enacted because of police opposition via it’s union.

    If you’re interested, you can read an assessment here:

  8. #8 |  ZappaCrappa | 

    “The only way you can justify getting angry at him (as a cop) is if you can prove that what he said was wrong. If you can’t, then you have to admit, as a good cop, that bad cops are a far larger threat to you and your reputation than someone who points them out.”

    You are absolutely 100% correct Brian. Unfortunately, at least on the cop sites, anyone who questions anything about cops or raises questions is automatically labled a “cop hater.”

  9. #9 |  FTP |

    Another for your list.

  10. #10 |  dan in michigan | 

    Regarding the Illinois State Trooper, I believe that the state police have finished the investigation and the trooper will be charged with reckless homicide. I live near the accident scene (ignore the nickname) and it was one of the most tragic, stupid, and unnecessary things I have ever seen. Two beautiful kids from one family. Jesus

  11. #11 |  Phil | 

    I’m just curious, does anybody try to get all of these “new professionalism” roundups to Scalia? Maybe you could print them out and mail them to his office?

  12. #12 |  thehim | 

    Radley, Mayor Nickels in Seattle is not a new mayor. He’s been around for a while (since 2003 I think).

  13. #13 |  UCrawford | 

    Oh well, at least the Philadelphia cop with the racist posters and stickers appears to be getting nailed for what he did.

    He claimed that someone stuck the poster in his locker as a joke but IAD fingerprinted it and found only his prints. They’ve pulled him from his division, stuck him on desk duty and are going over his case files to see if there’s a pattern of racial bias. Apparently his fellow officers (who were black) were the ones who ratted him out so there’s a chance if he did something wrong he’ll actually get caught for it. Sad though that the only way that a bad cop seems to be able to get in trouble is if he does something that personally offends other police officers.

  14. #14 |  GreginOz | 

    re the two pretty young sisters murdered by that cop…what would you chaps do if it happened to YOUR sisters??? I already know what I would DO! And it would not ‘thrill’ the cop, although it might rhyme with thrill…’bill’? Nope. ’till’? uh-uh…

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  16. #16 |  Kev | 

    Regarding the officer who beat the patient in the wheelchair: What happened to all of the other cops that simply watched? They should all be fired too, especially the one who kept looking around to see if anyone was watching. I really want to think most cops are good and basically honest, but I wonder how these things can happen and get swept under the rug if that’s the case.

    Regarding the KKK cop, it’s a shame that the only situation where cops seems to turn other cops in is when there’s racism involved. Beat up other citizens? Go right ahead. Insult another officer, get turned in. (I just read the rest of UCrawford’s comment on the KKK cop, and they astutely made this point already, but I’ll go ahead and second it)

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