Sunday, April 18, 2021

Cops behaving badly, Midwest version. And we pay for it

Here are a few headlines for the last few days in the Midwest.
Rittenhouse, who became a cause célèbre across conservative media throughout late 2020, and was even supported by then president Donald Trump, held a fundraiser on GiveSendGo billed as a contribution to his legal defense. According to data from the site, he raised $586,940 between 27 August last year and 7 January.

Among the donors were several associated with email addresses traceable to police and other public officials.

One donation for $25, made on 3 September last year, was made anonymously, but associated with the official email address for Sgt William Kelly, who currently serves as the executive officer of internal affairs in the Norfolk police department in Virginia.

That donation also carried a comment, reading: “God bless. Thank you for your courage. Keep your head up. You’ve done nothing wrong.”

The comment continued: “Every rank and file police officer supports you. Don’t be discouraged by actions of the political class of law enforcement leadership.”
Even after these police departments are caught on camera murdering and abusing people, their attitude seems to be "what are you going to do about it?"

And if these bad cops ever face justice for doing bad things, many of them can lean on their buddies in the prosecutor's office to bury key details.

Often any accountabilty that comes is through civil suits, which puts taxpayers on the hook for when police abuse their power. In Milwaukee alone, Channel 12 noted that $40 million had to be paid out in the last 10 years.

I remember when conservatives used to believe in cost-effective solutions to issues. But when it comes to cops and their authority, apparently any price is worth paying, no matter how awful the outcome. And without accountability for this agent of the government.

Well, as long as it's cops beating on THOSE PEOPLE anyway, and not the "real 'Murikans.

I'm so sick of the impunity in this country. And not just for bad cops.

PS- And add this one to the list.

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