Originally Posted by zikzak
How did we get to Omerta? This started as posing examples of citizens being justified in stopping police from committing crimes and/or abusing their power.
I guess my point was that 2 of those things (1 & 4) are crimes against victims happen semi-frequently and the cops always line up together and testify that Bob's a good dood and shooting that guy 13 times was an honest mistake.
In 2 however, there is a very good reason why the rogue cop will be punished. The people who pay to elect the sheriff will certainly pay to have someone else elected if someone was allowed to get away with robbing a bank. Therefore you cannot expect police to keep quiet.
3 & 5 are whatever, and if there is a preponderance of evidence, I'm sure the cop would probably go to jail.
I guess I feel as though there is a very different burden of proof for police that are acting against dirty hippies or w/e. It seems pretty absurd to me that such crimes against citizens are not enforced when you can be pretty sure that mere property crimes versus rich would be unlikely to go without swift punishment. Pretty much the definition of inequity.
I'm sure some of this is a bit twisted by perceptions of recent events with police, but I have personally seen quite a bit of profiling. I just don't trust our benevolent overlords. And they don't deserve it at this point.