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Saturday, May 01, 2010

Law within the law

Recent news about police abuse has not been positive.
  • Student brutally assaulted for no reason (video)
  • Sci-fi author beaten up, brutally jailed, and now trial for "felony resistance" when witnesses claim otherwise.
Obviously the very publicized examples can't be representative of all officers, but when police abuse their power, they shouldn't just be fired or suspended as in these cases -- they should be treated as criminals.  Backing the police and always giving them the benefit of the doubt is not the solution since bad cops don't just hurt their victims; when citizens feel they can't call the police, they call someone else instead.

"Organized crime most typically flourishes when a central government and civil society is disorganized, weak, absent or untrusted." (Wikipedia)

ACLU's Police information and methods for fighting abuse.  Plus, something to keep in your wallet.

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