There are some really bad things going on. Michael Brown wasn’t gunned down by the police. African Americans aren’t gunned down by the police at higher rates than whites. But, if the EPA and the IRS, big government agencies, can do really bad things, it isn’t so hard to believe the police can as well.
“Today, it is the Los Angeles sheriff. Before that, it was the Los Angeles Police Department, whose anti-gang task force became a rolling crime wave of its own, with 70 officers eventually implicated in unlawful shootings, bank robbery, drug dealing, theft, planting false evidence, framing suspects, destroying evidence of their wrongdoing and the usual perjury, perjury, and perjury. Then came Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa, NYPD detectives convicted in 2006 on a raft of charges — racketeering, extortion, drug-dealing, murder and conspiracy to commit murder, running an illegal gambling ring, obstruction of justice — as part of a 20-year crime spree that ranged from New York to Las Vegas. They were armed with NYPD badges and weapons. Most of their crimes were committed in connection with the Gambino crime family, to which Eppolito was related through his father.
“Our police departments have the same problems as our other government agencies, exacerbated by the fact that police are, inevitably, in the business of violence. It isn’t always that dramatic: In Fairview, Tenn., a new police detective was just fired after responding to a prostitution ad. An NYPD officer was awarded 15 million dollars in damages for being kidnapped and beaten inside his own home by other NYPD officers with a score to settle. Honolulu announced that in 2015 it fired a record number of officers for misconduct. A cop in Memphis is being charged with “official oppression” — though not rape — for using his position to pressure a woman into performing a sex act on him while he was on duty. Pittsburgh’s DA is refiling criminal charges against a police officer for assaulting a man while moonlighting as a security officer. A New Orleans police officer saw his 17-year sentence reduced for his conviction in burning the body of a man improperly shot by another New Orleans police officer. Elsewhere in Louisiana, authorities have settled upon “suicide” as the explanation for the death of a man in police custody who somehow managed to shoot himself in the chest while his hands were handcuffed behind his back in the back of a police cruiser.
“These things will happen, you say. And that’s true: But all these things happened last Friday.”
Source: Lee Baca’s Lesson: Police Aren’t Good Guys