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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sometimes, The System Works...

Often times we hear stories about the "thin blue line" where a bad apple is overlooked - or worse, covered up - by fellow officers. Think Officer Roid Rage in Canton, OH. His partner thought nothing of his threat to shoot a citizen simply for having a CCW permit; it's quite possible that had the Freedom of Information Act request for the dash cam video not been filed we'd never known about Officer RR's anger management issues.

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.

5 comments:

Old NFO said...

Finally... sigh...

Michael Brown said...

You know what happens next? Some back-room deal happens and they get hired at the next town over as patrolmen for a few years, then are promoted to detectives. Nah, there's no justice here.

TheMinuteman said...

Actually I prefer fired over resigned. Resigned just lets them go work some place else.

Roger said...

Yeah, the system works, like it worked for U.S. congressman Alcee Hastings. Formerly a federal judge.
Caught, convicted, (actually impeached) of corruption / taking bribes & thrown out of office.
Next stop? He's the congressman from south Florida! Re-elected like clockwork every year by liberal fools. Marion Barry, mayor of Washington DC (corruption capitol of the world)

Farmgirl said...

An autopsy on an animal is called a necropsy. Also they didn't necropsy the animal, technically, they examined the meat and bones they were able to salvage because from what I understand the guy had already processed it for meat.