New Professionalism Roundup

Monday, February 9th, 2009
  • Normally, I’d stick up for people whose names were publicized on mere allegations of impropriety. But given that this is the same city that seizes the cars of suspected Johns before they’re ever convicted, I find it hard to conjure up much sympathy when the names of cops suspected of racial profiling get leaked to the public.
  • NOPD is an absolute mess.
  • Police in Salinas, California open fire on an unarmed couple after apparently mistaking a wallet for a gun during a routine traffic stop.
  • Memphis cop convicted of shaking down drug dealers to fund his dream of opening a record company. He had plenty of help within the department.
  • Former sheriff convicted of using his authority to commit sexual assault. The most amazing comment comes from the U.S. attorney prosecuting him, who according to the article said, “he did not oppose Keating’s remaining free until the sentencing because this crime and other alleged misdeeds happened when he was acting as the sheriff.” Got that? He should get leniency because he used to be the sheriff.
  • I’ll just quote Jonathan Turley’s headline: “Police officer drives after drinking, crashes into fountain, flees the scene of an accident, abandons car with gun inside, and then lies to police . . . and is charged with criminal damage.”
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  • 28 Responses to “New Professionalism Roundup”

    1. #1 |  ClubMedSux | 

      So the Memphis cop is both amoral for shaking down drug dealers and completely retarded for doing so to enter a dying industry. How pathetic…

    2. #2 |  Bob | 

      What the hell made the cop think he was shot? Did his spider sense warn him of danger? Did he drop his donut?

      Or was he just so programmed that “Mexicans are armed thugs” that he automatically called for backup and went in at max threat level?

    3. #3 |  Brandon Bowers | 

      “Roach did not detain Keating, saying he did not pose harm to the community and wasn’t a flight risk because of his “stable marriage” and family ties to the area.”

      How stable could his marriage be after he pleads guilty to sexually assaulting another woman? also, WHAT THE FUCK DIFFERENCE DOES THAT MAKE?!!

      Shit like this makes it really hard to believe that government is anything but pure, unadulterated evil.

    4. #4 |  Sydney Carton | 


      The government IS evil. Whatever gave you the impression that it was virtuous?

    5. #5 |  Dave Krueger | 

      Of course the sheriff should get leniency. As sheriff, he was probably forced, as part of his job, to be around a lot of other cops and it is therefore perfectly understandable that he lost his bearings and became confused about the applicability of the law to law enforcement officers. Ordinary folks like you and me are not subjected to that muddying of those waters. For us, breaking the law is a clear black-and-white personal choice because we know the laws were written with us in mind. Cops break laws so regularly, it’s hard for them to know when they’ve crossed the line.

    6. #6 |  Michael Pack | 

      How did he think he was shot and be unharmed?I was shoot,several years ago,in a hunting accident.The guy was tresspassing and unaware of me and my friends.Believe me,you know.It’s not just the pain,you hear the shot.This was from around 50 yards away.If your several feet form a car you really would hear a shot and anything,from 9mm up would knock you for a loop.Sounds like a lie to me.

    7. #7 |  Frank | 

      “All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.”

      George Orwell, Animal Farm

    8. #8 |  Mike Healy | 

      I get a little confused when trying to tell the difference between my Beretta 92 and my plain black leather billfold. Happens all the time. Always good for a laugh when I stop at the Sack o’ Suds.

    9. #9 |  SJE | 

      re: cops shoot at couple during traffice stop, mistake wallet for gun.

      So, they pull you over, ask you to show ID, you pull out your wallet and *bam* Lovely world we live in.

      If the cops make this kind of mistake, it kinda puts Ryan Frederick’s mistake in perspective.

    10. #10 |  SJE | 

      While I am happy that the couple in traffic stop were not physically harmed, this incident points out another falacy in the “new professionalism:” if cops are professionals, and not just armed thugs, if someone points a gun at them they should have been able to kill him within a few shots, not riddle the car with bullets and not touch anyone.

    11. #11 |  Frank Hummel | 

      I guess police hiring standards are really down:

      -cop “thinks” he was shot
      -two cops then open fire at short range on a stationary target and noone gets hurt

      IQ<80, hand eye coordination – nil

    12. #12 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #9 SJE

      If the cops make this kind of mistake, it kinda puts Ryan Frederick’s mistake in perspective.

      That would be true only of Ryan Frederick had asked the cops to break through his door before he shot them.

    13. #13 |  Michael Chaney | 

      One dealer testified that Sease robbed him of some $32,000 in cash, but Sease hitting the jackpot that afternoon in April 2004 also finally angered a dealer enough to report him to police.

      Sease was fired in January 2005 after nearly four years on the force

      Boy, they got right on that,eh?

    14. #14 |  SJE | 

      #12: Dave, you are right.

      As Radley keeps pointing out, a stupid mistake by trained professional is considered OK, but not a reasonable mistake by a terrified homeowner woken from deep sleep, disoriented by concussion grenades etc.

    15. #15 |  David | 

      He should get leniency because he used to be the sheriff.

      I guess the “thinking” is that because he was able to commit the crime using the authority as sheriff, he’s no longer a threat to the community no that he doesn’t have that authority. I don’t buy that, but that could be the argument.

    16. #16 |  Wayne | 

      “Police in Salinas, California open fire on an unarmed couple after apparently mistaking a wallet for a gun during a routine traffic stop” — Wasn’t this Garcia in an episode of Reno 911? Maybe if there was a laugh track being played while this was happening the unarmed couple would see the humor in it. You know down at the station they’re laughing and joking about these guys not being able to hit anything.

    17. #17 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #13 Michael Chaney

      Sease was fired in January 2005 after nearly four years on the force

      Boy, they got right on that,eh?

      Yep, it took them eight months after the complaint was filed. Unlike cops, I work in an industry that paralyzed with indecision and disbelief when someone screws up. In a case like this where the complaint required a little investigative effort, it might have taken them until the following afternoon to can my ass.

    18. #18 |  Dave Krueger | 

      Sorry, I lost control with the blockquote. Not being a cop, I guess I’ll just have to accept the responsibility myself.

    19. #19 |  Robin | 

      Salinas shooting–“Thought he was shot”? What, was he stung by a bee?

    20. #20 |  t. reed | 

      I was looking at J. Turley’s blog and caught the dash cam of the cop hitting the mini van (with kids).

      Can a LEO on this board help me with something I’ve always wanted to ask? What is wrong with the “low ready” firearm position? If you have a suspect with his hands in the air, why do you have to point the gun at his chest? You are the trained professional. You “got the drop on him.” If he “goes for” a gun, you can, being a professional in the low ready position, put four shots into him before he gets the gun out of his waist band. If you are pointing at his chest, you can get five shots into him. For that extra shot, is it worth the risk of pointing the gun at his chest? Those things go off.

    21. #21 |  Bronwyn | 

      Maybe he tripped? How do you *think* you’ve been shot!??

    22. #22 |  Marty | 

      if the couple involved in the shooting had been killed, the cops would’ve been heroes… based on the report they would’ve filed.

      geez, all this over a light on their license plate (more govt bullshit) being out. this just reinforces that they can pull you over at any time- they’ll just keep looking and they’ll find a law we’re breaking.

      gotta love Scalia’s ‘new professionalism’ and all the police officer’s associations defending these idiots. Who’s looking out for us?

    23. #23 |  Cynical In CA | 

      “Who’s looking out for us?”

      Each of us, we must look out for each other.

      The system fails because this authority is delegated to a superagency, which then dedicates all its energy to preserving itself.

      Bad regulation is worse than none at all.

      A false sense of security is worse than none at all.

      Abandon the State.

    24. #24 |  Mikestermike | 

      To qualify with a Taser, officers have to get shot by one. Why can’t we apply this to an actual firearm. To qualify with a pistol, you must receive a non-lethal bullet wound. THEN maybe these cops will 1) Know what getting shot is like so they can’t make a mistake and 2) Take a step back and realize these aren’t frickin’ X-Box games…

    25. #25 |  Aresen | 

      In case I am ever passing through Salinas, I just want the police to know that my wallet is not loaded. In fact, the damn thing is always empty.

      (The credit cards, however, are overloaded.)

    26. #26 |  PersonFromPorlock | 

      #21 | Bronwyn | February 9th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

      Maybe he tripped? How do you *think* you’ve been shot!??

      Maybe he thought he’d been shot in the head? That’d account for the confusion. ;^)

    27. #27 |  Hannah | 

      In the NOPD “Police said crime lab investigators found a shotgun, shotgun shells and a 9 mm magazine clip in the trunk of Grimes’ car when they processed it days later.
      Eric Hessler, an attorney for the Fraternal Order of Police and several of the reassigned officers, said he believes the police investigation will show that all the officers acted appropriately in response to a threat.”

      What I want to know is a) when did cops get x-ray vision to know that there was a gun in the trunk of the car and b) how the heck is the victim suppose to get said gun from out of the trunk to be a “threat” when the cops are standing at his car door?

    28. #28 |  perlhaqr | 

      Sounds like someone should shoot the officer in Salinas. Clear that confusion right up for him.