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Enforcement officers are held to a higher standard of character and
moral judgment and they should live up to it or get another job.
Police officers have more powers than the average citizen,
they have the power to arrest, seize property and use deadly force, etc.
When they fall short of those standards they should be fired and
prosecuted, not suspended or given probation. They should also have their "peace officer license" taken away. Keep in mind it's not hard
for a police officer who has a tarnished record to move to another town
or even to another state to be a police officer.
Goals Towards a Better Police Accountability System
We need to restore police
accountability, build public trust in law enforcement and promote public safety
in communities throughout the U.S.
When a police officer breaks the law the
majority of the time they get off easy, usually just getting a small slap on the
wrist for such crimes as DWI, child porn,
stalking, sexual harassment and spousal abuse, etc. Since Law Enforcement has
so much more power over citizens such as yourself, it's only fair to "balance
the tables" and deal harshly with police misconduct. No one should be above the
* A Federal law is needed making it a crime for
police officers who commit acts of brutality and murder.
* Civilian control and oversight of the police. Creating and
strengthening civilian review agencies; putting early warning systems into place
to identify officers who are the subject of repeated
* Congressional Public hearings.
* Open police records in all states. This would
give the public access to police records of misconduct.
* A system that keeps track of bad cops so that
they don't become "gypsy cops." Gypsy cop is law enforcement slang for a peace
officer who floats from department to department regardless of, or because of,
misconduct or poor job performance.
* Cash rewards for the exposure, arrest and
conviction of corrupt cops.
* Efforts should be made to combat
the "code of
* "Zero tolerance" for substance abuse by
* Mandatory random drug testing for all police
officers. Not just prior to employment, but also random drug testing during
employment as a police officer. Police officers who are involved in an accident or shoots
someone, would be required to take a drug test and a Breathalyzer.
* All traffic
stops must be recorded.
officers must have documentation by either written consent or on video before
searching a motor vehicle at a traffic stop. This would require police to inform
drivers of their fourth amendment rights.
* Set tougher standards for who can and can't be a
* Annual psychological
Corroboration of testimony by jailhouse informants. One of the leading causes of
wrongful convictions in death penalty cases is false testimony by informants.
* Police would be required to use electronic
recording of an entire police interrogation in cases involving homicides and
other serious felonies. This measure would help end coerced confessions and
protect both defendants and police. "Coerced confessions, false jailhouse
informant testimony, and mistaken eyewitness identifications are the leading
causes of wrongful convictions."
independent prosecutor is needed for police corruption and police brutality
cases. Usually District Attorneys work directly with the police on a daily
basis. They rely heavily on one another to indict, prosecute, and try cases.
They function as one institution and to have a local DA prosecute a police
officer is certainly a conflict of interest.
* End the 48 hour rule and the option to a trial
by judge - Police officers accused of brutality and murder are given 2 days to
"get their stories straight" and are not required to give any information about
* Police should
have more training and assistance in coping with the demands that they
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