Why is it called crime when other people do it, but “misconduct” when a cop does it?
Anyway, I have been seeing story after story about this and the splash seems to be getting bigger by the day.
In San Diego, ten police officers are currently accused of serious misconduct in unrelated cases that include allegations of rape, stalking, drunk driving, domestic abuse, and sexual assault.
In response, the chief of police has made public apologies and set up a confidential hotline. Of course, everyone is acting all surprised that these activities were taking place within police ranks. How could this have gone on undetected? Well this little tidbit might provide a clue:
Shortly after Bill Lansdowne became police chief in 2003 he quietly disbanded an anticorruption unit assigned with proactively investigating the kind of criminal allegations that have recently stained the department’s public image.
And the chief has no plans to bring it back. However, among other remedies, he does plan to increase ethics training for offiers because, you know, how else are cops going to know that stalking, rape, and drunk driving are wrong?
If you’re wondering why cops might behave like this, I mean aside from the fact that their fellow officers routinely cover up for them when they break the law, the answer, according to the mayor and chief of police, is simple:
In a story published by the Union-Tribune on Friday, Mayor Jerry Sanders endorsed the plan and said he continues to fully support Lansdowne as the city’s police chief. He described the rash of incidents as an embarrassment and echoed Lansdowne’s assertion that it was correlated to stress among officers.
Reading any of the stories linked to in this post will probably make your blood boil, but only because you’re heard so much of it before. On the other hand, John Q. Public, probably thinks the problem has been discovered and will be solved forthwith. End of story.
At least some cops are actually being charged with crimes. I guess there was just no way to avoid that (or you can be sure they would have).
[Posted by Dave Krueger]