A Few Good Apples
When we are in danger, or desperately need assistance, we call the police.
Without an organization of well trained, abundantly equipped and disciplined officers, our communities would turn into Mad-Max chaos.
That’s why we have a police force.
It’s no accident we call it a FORCE.
We give each officer extraordinary power, support, and authority in order to maintain safe conditions in our society.
In return, we expect that the power and authority provided to each officer be used in a fair and judicious way…realizing and allowing that mistakes could happen and mis-judgements could be made.
But when an officer blatantly and deliberately abuses that vested authority, especially in a life-threatening way, a most serious crime has occurred.
Furthermore, when a police officer commits a felony that is covered-up by another police officer, duel felonies have been committed.
It’s not professional courtesy, it’s complicity.
Yes, body-cameras might help, but the best remedy would be breeching the blue wall of silence.
February 27, 2011, Huntington Station, New York, around 1:10AM
Two bar-hopping off-duty cops are driving in their civilian cars.
They cut off a cab and get into a yelling match with the driver.
Both cops, and the cab driver get out of their cars. Realizing he’s outnumbered, the cabbie retreats to his cab.
One cop, gun in hand, approaches the cab which is backing up.
He empties his .38 caliber Smith and Wesson, hitting the cabbie twice before he ducks down.
The shooter proceeds to smash the cab driver’s window, starts beating the cabbie with the gun, and breaks his nose.
The cabbie backs up, turns, and drives to the hospital.
The cop calls 911 for help.
Up to 20 police officers correctly race to the scene, fearing that a fellow officer was in dire trouble. The police call an ambulance for the two cops, and arrest the cabbie at the hospital where a blood test is ordered and administered.
The results are negative.
The cop claims that his life was in danger.
He says the cabbie was revving his engine in preparation to run him down.
The cab was a Prius…which doesn’t rev.
No blood test is ordered nor did fellow officers perform a sobriety test on the cop, who refused the doctor's request for blood and urine tests
The medical staff enters notations that he smells of alcohol. The attending physician’s medical report states that patient is, "Slurring words at times with smell of alcohol on breath," and that he is sweating and had bloodshot eyes. The doctor’s report refers to him as, "Hostile" and notes that his, "Psychiatric insight and judgment is impaired."
The shooter later admits to the district attorney that had up to ten drinks before the incident.
Internal affairs officers bring a pre-written statement to the hospital for the cabbie to sign. He has 2 bullets in his body and is on a morphine drip.
His request for a lawyer is denied.
After being lied to that the statement clears him of responsibility, he signs it.
Where were all the good apples we hear about?
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