I think it's equally important to highlight when things do happen the way they're supposed to. This story, fresh off the BLNN, exemplifies just how things should happen:
Colorado cops accused of killing elk resign
Two police officers accused of conspiring to illegally kill a trophy elk in Boulder have resigned.
Boulder police said Tuesday that an internal investigation into Sam Carter and Brent Curnow is continuing despite the resignations.
The two had been on unpaid leave since their arrests Friday on nine charges, including killing an elk out of season and tampering with evidence.This story has it all. They're on unpaid leave. They've been arrested. They've resigned from their jobs as police officers. This is how it's supposed to work right down to the letter. Police officers are subject to the same laws as everyone else - when they get preferential treatment just because they're cops, the whole system takes a hit in credibility. If the law is so weak that it can be bent for a fellow officer, then it can't be that serious that the rest of us should bother adhering to it as well.
And notice that the second officer also resigned. He didn't illegally shoot the animal, but he did he help his friend dispose of the evidence. The officer who shot the animal claimed that it was sick and needed to be put down, but an autopsy was performed that clearly showed this was not the case. The officer - and his accomplish - were treated just like anyone else would have been in that case. They were arrested for a crime and criminal charges were brought. Even their resignation from the force isn't stopping the proceedings.
We're often quite critical when the system protects bad apples, as we should be - I think it's equally important to say something positive when the system works.
That is all.