"Bad cop. Very bad cop. Down bad cop. Roll over and produce warrant. Good cop, here's a cop biscuit."
So, I take it that you're trying to appeal to the reader by the clever use of a Hot Topic Bumper Sticker?
You can do better than that.
Here's my point.
I'm not going to attempt to speak for all cops, but here's my POV.
I understand that there are cops that are overly aggressive, that don't respect the rights of the citizen and will resort to unethical means to help obtain a conviction.
I was not that type of Police Officer. I was not alone.
You may have had bad experiences with the Police, it seems that this may be the case.
I would like to apologize in advance for any mistreatment you may have received.
Here's a point that may seem to be a paradox; I was, and continue to be, a strong supporter of the ACLU and the work they do. Unconditionally.
Yes, that may seem strange to you, but you must understand, that while I was a Police Officer, I was a Citizen first.
Furthermore, I understood that if I chose to destroy my career, and violate a person's Civil Rights, I would be subject to punishment for doing so, under color of Federal Law.
Civil and Criminal Law.
This "the only thing we can do about it is to let the crook go free so the police don't get the glory of basking in his successful capture." business just isn't true, no matter how much you want it to be so. You may think that the punishments doled out to Ciminals in Blue are inadequate, but the system is in place to deal with them.
Do you really know what a "successful prosecution" is?
It's one where the criminal who committed a crime is caught, shown through legally acquired and accurate evidence, and tried and convicted by a fair trial. Finally, this entire process must be handled in a Constitutional manner that doesn't result in the conviction being remanded or overturned.
That (and going home in one piece) is the final goal of the Ethical Police Officer.
Don't forget that the Prosecuting Attorney must also follow the Law. That's a sucessful prosecution.
As for the demeaning commentary regarding the Police and "Biscuits", while I agree that Mensa membership isn't a prerequisite for joining the force, most cops aren't as stupid as you're insinuating.
I happen to share your enthusiasm for the ACLU, but what you wrote just seems to be spleen-venting on your part.
Finally, I'd like to point out that it wasn't any fear of the ACLU, on my part, that kept me on the straight and narrow, it was my desire to go to sleep each night with a clear conscience.
"If you dial," Iran said, eyes open and watching, "for greater venom, then I'll dial the same."
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