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‘COPS CAN’T POLICE COPS,’ OUTSOURCE INTERNAL AFFAIRS
Washington Post, Sunnil Duta
Sunil Dutta is an officer in the Los Angeles Police Department. The views expressed here do not represent the LAPD.
Christopher Dorner, the former L.A. police officer who in a perverted mission of vengeance, after being fired by the LAPD Dorner allegedly killed two civilians and two officers. As we all know now was burned alive after reportedly sustaining a self-inflicted gun shot wound. Before his rampage across Southern California he told the world: “I know I will be vilified by the LAPD and the media,” Dorner wrote in an online manifesto. “Unfortunately, this is a necessary evil that I do not enjoy but must partake and complete for substantial change to occur within the LAPD and reclaim my name.”
LAPD has spent the last decade remaking itself. Even past detractors, including civil rights lawyer Connie Rice, admit that the LAPD has changed since the early 1990s. But people still associate the department with events of 20 years ago: the acquittal of officers accused of beating Rodney King, the subsequent L.A. riots, the Rampart Scandal and the resignation of Chief Daryl Gates.
Dozens of officers have won million-dollar-plus verdicts in lawsuits claiming harassment, discrimination and retaliation. African American officers, including some supervisors Duta has spoken with, say in private that they don’t feel like they are part of the system and don’t trust it.
“He’s been a real-life superhero to many people,” Columbia University professor Marc Lamont Hill told CNN. “People aren’t rooting for him to kill innocent people — they’re rooting for somebody who was wronged to get a kind of revenge against the system. It is almost like watching ‘Django Unchained’ in real life.”
The trust in LA is burning at both ends. Officers asked Duta “Who are you going to burn today?” Officers are notoriously skeptical about internal affairs’ witch hunts attempting to satisfy bureaucratic or political overlords.
Alternatively the public is as skeptical about the same agency for different reasons. Duta writes:
‘If an officer is exonerated, the community often believes that malfeasance is being covered up.
Police serve the community — any concerns about their integrity must be transparently, expeditiously and judiciously resolved. Relying on cops to police cops is neither efficient nor confidence-inspiring.
The solution? Abolish internal affairs units and outsource their work to external civilian agencies.
Integrating police into the local community instead of placing it above the law seems like a pretty good idea. Cops are less likely to feel victim of repraisal after breaking the “blue wall of silence” to a civilian and the community has a transparent interface with those who police their streets. Duta continues:
And why shouldn’t every police contact with the community — every traffic stop, every interrogation — be recorded on video? If Dorner and his partner had had a cop-cam, his claim that his partner used excessive force might have been resolved the same day. There’s just no excuse for not recording police contacts with the public.
From the TSA to jurisdictions around the country we are questioned over our rights to film law enforcment and some are even threatened with life imprisonment. No civilian let alone publicly paid police officers
Rand Paul 2016
[VIDEO CLIP RE: Last thing we need]
Really? It was funny I covered the fact US citizens could be targeted by drones after being deemed enemy combatants. I reported the term ‘enemy combatants’ is becoming expansive and often posthumously in order to mitigate the number of civilian casualties. But many criticized me that this was only for foreign attacks against U.S. civilians. The Pentagon is also waging four-dimensional warfare on its expansive definition of a battlefield against its enemies ‘foreign and domestic,’ its giving medals to drone pilots and President Barack Obama won’t answer a vital question.
No geographical limit? Leon Panetta doesn’t need Congress to go to war [CLIP]. There is no due process under the NDAA and indefinite detention. New York Times reported on Obama’s ‘Secret Kill List’ and democratic leaders like David Axelrod and Debbie Wazermanshultz deny knowing anything about it in front of We Are Change. And just last week Christopher Droner was the first American to be specificially targeted by drone on U.S. soil.
I’ve acknowledged Rand Paul burned a few bridges in the hearts of many libertarians and convservatives by endorsing Mitt Romney, but there are two things to consider. The pay off was immediate, Romney didn’t win, but Rand Paul won loyalty points, its politics not policy; the first affects politicians the other affects us.
This man is the closest to being America’s first libertarian president – Rand is not Ron, but he is absolutely a Paul and make no mistake he’s running. And for once I agree with Karl Rove the Republican party, indeed our country, needs more Rand Pauls.
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