Police corruption happens all over the US, be it in small towns or large cities.
But what else would you expect from a government monopoly that taxpayers are forced to buy into at gunpoint, or at the very least under the threat of jail that they also pay for.
This is one major reason why I can’t take the US National Anthem seriously – Land of the Free?
Here comes my Tony Stark eye roll from the original Avengers movie.
Okay, now that this is out of the way, let’s dissect the database featuring corrupt cops.
This piece of information comes from two sources, the mainstream USA Today and the Libertarian-funded Reason Magazine, giving you info from two sources with different viewpoints.
Let’s begin our odyssey into such corruption.
USA Today’s Mission
Per Reason, this report coming in April 2019, shows a new database from affiliate newsrooms and a non-profit organization from Chicago documenting incidents of police misconduct.
So, what did USA Today find?
85,000 cops nationwide had been investigated and disciplined for misconduct since 2010.
However, the initial reports focused on 30,000 cops who had been “decertified” for misconduct.
As of right now, 44 states have a decertification process, which prevents decertified cops from migrating to other jurisdictions for employment. However, there’s no real centralized tracking going on to find such decertified cops and police unions have also resisted efforts to develop a national decertification database.
I guess the blue protect the blue.
This leaves huge gaps, such as in the State of California which has more cops than any other state. However, Cali did tweak their laws to unseal records of police misconduct that were previously classified.
What Did USA Today Uncover?
Of the 85,000 cops, the main reasons for decertification were drugs and alcohol use (DUI), and predictably, for assaults and violence.
2,000 more had been decertified due to sexual misconduct and another 2,777 were banned due to dishonesty, mainly out of perjury and tampering with evidence.
The most shocking find?
Only about 10% of all cops are actually investigated for misconduct.
And among those banned, 2,500 had been investigated on 10 or more charges.
Want more fun?
20 had been investigated on over 100 charges.
Talk about positions of power attracting sociopaths.
And to think only 10% are actually investigated leads me to think how many more have engaged in misconduct over the past decade without getting caught.
USA Today has issued a plea from journalists, media, the public, and even law enforcement agencies to work together in filling this database. Now that Cali has opened its police records, people all over must work together to release previously secret cases of misconduct.
Let’s Dive into the Database
I’ll summarize the key points to this article, but you can take a look at the full database for yourself here.
First off, the database makes a list of some of the most common offenses:
1. Assaulting civilians
2. Driving drunk
3. Planting evidence
4. Lying and tampering with evidence
Sadly, the vast majority get little if any notice, and as I mentioned earlier, not only has there not been a single public database for guilty officers, police unions continually reject the notion in building one.
So, as police are technically public servants, perhaps the public should build one and combat these pigs head on.
The USA Today has stated anyone with access to public records is welcome to join in the database by submitting what you know. Those from police and government agencies are also urged to submit their knowledge, as well as journalists.
USA Today’s Official Article
Okay, and finally here’s the article regarding police misconduct from April 2019. You can view it in its entirety here, and I’ll summarize the key points that I found to be interesting below.
Alright, so the article reiterates that the pigs have:
1. Beaten members of the public.
2. Planted evidence.
3. Used their badges to harass women (If they harassed my wife or girlfriend I’d be serving a life sentence).
4. Lied, stolen.
5. Dealt drugs.
6. Abused their wives.
Six disgusting acts that need to stop now, and yeah, a database is one way to spread awareness, but will police cooperate and hold themselves accountable?
Or will they and their unions find a way around this process and continue their perpetual war on innocent citizens?
As the article states, these men and women who swore an oath to serve their community can generally avoid public scrutiny for their misdeeds.
Their misconduct records are generally filed away, swept under the table, as if nothing happened. They’re seen only by their departments and rarely anyone else. Police unions and their cronies in politics have made efforts to ensure such records of misconduct were given special protections to remain out of the public eye, including destroying the evidence itself.
85,000 is actually less than half of the reported misconduct, which ranges as to roughly 200,000.
200,000 reports over ten years!
The majority of which went unreported.
See for yourself at the database.
It’s absolutely disgusting that an agency we’re forced to pay for under the threat of going to prison is given free rein to run amok among the public, continually abusing their power.
Take a look:
1. Most misconducts involved routine infractions with nearly 23,000 investigations involving officers using excessive force, 3,145 investigations of rape or child molestation, and over 2,300 investigations involving domestic violence, something I’m going to hit home with in another article.
2. Over 2,227 investigations involving perjury, tampering with evidence or falsifying reports, with an additional 418 obstructing investigations, mainly when either they or someone they knew were targets of such investigations.
3. As I mentioned earlier but needs reiteration, less than 10% of such misconduct actually receives an investigation.
Guys, it’s time we not only made these records public but also publicly expose the officers involved in such cases. It’s time to Make America Free Again (MAFA), and hold these officers accountable for their actions while hopefully abolishing this corrupt public monopoly once and for all, privatizing police forces as many Libertarians have called for.