Mack over at LAVoice.org is pissed off that he (and I, and you) have to foot the bill for some members of the LAPD “bending” some of the rules, repeatedly. He asks:
“We paid for the Rodney King beating, and the bill from the resulting riots. We’ll probably pay for the Devin Brown shooting, too. But so far, we’ve agreed to pay $70.2 million to settle some of the lawsuits filed by 214 people – mostly drug dealers, gang members and other crooks, according to the Times – who had their civil rights stomped into the dirt by the cowboys of the LAPD Rampart division.
Did anyone else get the memo on this? A little note in your Los Angeles property or business tax bill saying, ‘Sorry your taxes are higher this week because the Rampart Division CRASH unit was a cesspool of corruption last decade’? Me neither …”
I’ve said this before, but law enforcement is there to, imagine this, enforce the law – not to break it. They have to play by the same rules you and I do, even if some of them like to think they don’t. I’m very pro police officers and happy to give them a certain amount of power to keep things in order, and very anti those who want more power and abuse that which has been entrusted to them.