More Adventures in Police Professionalism

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson recently awarded Barron Bowling $830,000 for the beating he suffered at the hands of DEA Agent Timothy McCue. McCue and Bowling got into an accident in Kansas City, Kansas, after which McCue emerged from his car, gun drawn, and beat the leaving hell out of Bowling. McCue, the DEA, and officers at the Kansas City police department then conspired to cover up the beating, leaving Bowling to face charges of leaving the scene of an accident (understandable, given that he was getting beaten at the time), and assaulting Agent McCue with his car. Witness statements incriminating McCue for both the accident and the beating were lost or destroyed, as were photos of the damage McCue did to Bowling’s face.

The good news: At least one of the Kansas City police officers has since been disciplined. He was investigated by Internal Affairs, forced into early retirement, lost his retirement health insurance, and lost part of his pension.

The bad news: Only one of them was disciplined. Oh, and he happens to be the cop who exposed the coverup.

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39 Responses to “More Adventures in Police Professionalism”

  1. #1 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    So, nothing’s new.

  2. #2 |  V-Man | 

    Break the blue line, pay for it.

  3. #3 |  mark r | 

    ugh.. gliese 581d take me away.

  4. #4 |  ktc2 | 

    LOL. As always the only way to get kicked out of law enforcement is to have a conscience and actually do the right thing.

  5. #5 |  Derfel Cadarn | 

    All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. Seems when the good men stand up for justice they get spanked. The police are thugs serving only their elitist masters in government.WE THE PEOPLE must take back our country,these leos and their masters must pay the price demanded of the LAW. This is a nation of laws not men and those laws should apply to all. Anything less is tyranny and it will not be tolerated!

  6. #6 |  Roho | 

    I’d love to set up a foundation to provide for police ousted and ruined for breaking with their brethren and doing the right thing. If I did, though, I’m sure its assets would quickly be frozen for being a ‘terrorist organization’ – after all, it’d be supporting those who undermine our brave, selfless Boys in Blue!

  7. #7 |  JS | 

    ktc2 “LOL. As always the only way to get kicked out of law enforcement is to have a conscience and actually do the right thing.”

    Nice! End the thread, nobody’s gonna top that one.

  8. #8 |  JS | 

    Derfel Cadarn “Anything less is tyranny and it will not be tolerated!”

    While I agree with your sentiments I have to point out that of course it will be tolerated, there ain’t a damn thing we can do about it. This isn’t 1776 where you can take arms and alter or abolish a form of government that oppresses you.

  9. #9 |  Donald | 

    At this point, I’d be more proud of my son if he told me he wanted to perform in beastiality porn than be a cop. But seriously, I’ve known some OK people that wanted to be cops for honorable reasons. It just seems that all the incentive is to act like a power hungry POS than a decent person.

  10. #10 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    But seriously, I’ve known some OK people that wanted to be cops for honorable reasons.

    …and then they become cops and…

  11. #11 |  Marty | 

    I’d say Max Seifert has HUGE balls- this is the kind of cop I wished movies would celebrate.

  12. #12 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    @ #4,
    Or, get falsely accused of being a child molester by a cop who’s banging your wife.

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009456102_recantabuse11m.html

    As usual, evidence suppression by the prosecution…but of course no charges will be filed against them even though it cost a man 20 years behind bars. Anyone know what 20 years in prison is like for an ex-cop convicted of child raping?

    So, the crooked cops are all retired taking pensions and sleeping well knowing no one’s coming after them.

    Nice group of people. Great profession.

  13. #13 |  Roho | 

    Also, might I say:
    “We have to protect him! He needs unfettered leeway to beat the unholy tar out of anyone he sees fit.”
    “…Why?”
    “Because he’s out there keeping the people safe from substances that might hurt them!”

  14. #14 |  Cynical in CA | 

    Cops are just the biggest, baddest gang on the block. More people wake up to this fact every day.

  15. #15 |  Steve Verdon | 

    The good news: At least one of the Kansas City police officers has since been disciplined. He was investigated by Internal Affairs, forced into early retirement, lost his retirement health insurance, and lost part of his pension.

    Now lets up he gets testicular cancer.

  16. #16 |  Steve Verdon | 

    The bad news: Only one of them was disciplined. Oh, and he happens to be the cop who exposed the coverup.

    Dammit….posted too soon.

    Figures. Nothing like this to ensure that the truly good cops become bad cops.

  17. #17 |  Cynical in CA | 

    Yes Steve, the “good” ones are selected out.

    The only cop who can be good is the private cop. The other ones are tax-feeders, good conscience or no.

  18. #18 |  Jozef | 

    beat the leaving hell out of Bowling

    “leaving” or “living”?

  19. #19 |  Chris K. | 

    Rope

  20. #20 |  delta | 

    Oh man that is ugly.

  21. #21 |  bobzbob | 

    The only army that can be good is the private army. The other ones are tax-feeders, good conscience or no.

  22. #22 |  Joshgeek | 

    Just one more reason, IMHO, to abolish the DEA.

  23. #23 |  SJE | 

    The kickers:
    1. The case only got traction after someone was found with “marijuana paraphenalia”….coz beating the shit out of innocent people, and covering it up is OK, but OMG HE HAS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA..
    2. The DEA agent is still on the force.

    Where is the tea party on this sort of BS? Are they so co-opted by the GOP that they won’t stand up.

  24. #24 |  Invid | 

    @21, I know you’re trying to be an a$$ but you’re sort of right. Really the best army is a non-existant one but I’ll take private over the mess we have now.

  25. #25 |  Scooby | 

    Is Jim Bell out of prison,yet?

  26. #26 |  EH | 

    Invid: There are many more US-paid private military people in Iraq and Afghanistan than US troops. So, they’re a big part of the mess we have now.

  27. #27 |  Cynical in CA | 

    #21 | bobzbob

    Right you are, bobzbob! Couldn’t have written it better myself. Go to the head of the class.

  28. #28 |  Cynical in CA | 

    Talking free-market private army here … not State mercenaries. Just so we have our terms straight.

  29. #29 |  Laura Victoria | 

    Judge Robinson should be commended for writing such a stand up ruling. Kansas.com needs a comments section on their website.

  30. #30 |  SJE | 

    I’d like to see a suit against the department and by the Feds. THATS change I can believe in.

  31. #31 |  libarbarian | 

    @24.

    LOL.

    There i no dearth of “private armies” in this world. The vast majority suck at doing anything other than pillaging the people they are supposed to be protecting.

  32. #32 |  JOR | 

    States are just really big corporations. Their armies are private armies.

  33. #33 |  Duncan20903 | 

    nobody likes a snitch

  34. #34 |  croaker | 

    I’d say that the former cop in this situation would get a verdict of “laudable homicide” from me if he ever decided to even the score.

  35. #35 |  SJE | 

    Duncan20903: a “snitch” might be an appropriate mindset in prison, against the guards, or in high school, against the teachers. Here, its those in power who are covering up: and covering up a particularly nasty situation. Worse, these are the people who swear to serve and protect the community, to uphold the law and constitution. If the police want our deference and respect, they had better start behaving like their lofty pledges.

    Or, if they want to continue with the culture of “don’t snitch” they had better get used to the respect we give to others with the “don’t snitch” mindset: criminals and teenagers. At least teenagers grow up.

  36. #36 |  random guy | 

    I would call them pigs, but I’ve meet too many decent pigs and not enough decent cops to sully the swine.

  37. #37 |  The_Chef | 

    ” ktc2 | September 30th, 2010 at 12:23 pm
    LOL. As always the only way to get kicked out of law enforcement is to have a conscience and actually do the right thing.”

    Aaaaaand we’re done in 4. Well done sir.

  38. #38 |  KristenS | 

    Perfect illustration of why there is no such thing as a “good cop” – the ones that actually stand up get canned. So what you’re left with are the fuckups and the people that protect them.

  39. #39 |  BenSix | 

    So, how many mobsters are out there slapping their foreheads and moaning, “Wish I’d’a thought’a that…

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