There was a movement 30 years ago within the law enforcement community to have police officers adhere to certain standards and move toward becoming “professionals.” For some Departments, that meant the minimum amount of education went from a High School diploma to a 2 yr associates degree. It meant continued education after employment for others. I remember thinking back then that the biggest obstacle to reaching professional status was the inability for police departments to police their own, particularly within the rank and file. The bunker mentality is indeed pervasive, and dangerous.
I’m going to be watching how this gets handled:
There isn’t any mitigating evidence to be had. Nothing sketchy about the facts. Its indefensible. It is a stunning act of abuse by someone entrusted with authority over our younger citizens. Incidents like this one are happening everywhere. I read this on a thread and i think it identifies the core problem:
“As long as the police foster a culture of isolation among themselves (socially and professionally), exertion of dominance and power against virtually everyone with whom they have contact, and live a culture of violence and dishonesty within themselves, this sort of thing will continue. We have to face the fact that there is far too often little difference between those in charge of law enforcement and those whom they claim are the criminals. The line that divides them is thin and tenuous. The police have a basic cultural ethic that says the law doesn’t apply to them; only to everyone else. Even the basically honest cop or deputy DA’s eventually becomes corrupted by the “cop culture.” They are as dangerous as the people they are supposed to protect us from.”
If you don’t think this has any merit, go and find yourself some trade mags for the law enforcement industry. Scary as hell.