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Monday, December 05, 2011

Florida’s Corrupt Police Departments

A powerful public employees’ union, thousands of corrupt government bureaucrats who couldn’t get fired if they wanted to — you’d expect conservatives to jump on this story like flies on shit.

Florida’s police departments have a virtually non-existent disciplinary system for dealing with law-breaking officers.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune goes into more detail.

One Florida cop has been arrested three times, fired five times and has been investigated forty times by Internal Affairs.  A prison guard has been investigated repeatedly for forcing himself on prisoners, and he was arrested on suspicion of raping two teenage girls.  Another cop has had numerous violent incidents at his precinct office, and was seen beating up his girlfriend at a crowded nightclub.  Another one denied having sex with a 14-year-old girl but couldn’t explain why her DNA was on one of his sex toys.

All four of the above-mentioned officers still have their jobs.  And Florida has thousands of others just like them.  Over and over, they commit the kinds of crimes that would get a long prison sentence for most people.  And yet here they are, still “serving” the public.

Again, why aren’t conservatives outraged by this corrupt union full of crooked bureaucrats?  (Don’t worry, it was a rhetorical question.)

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Blogger Mr. Charleston said...

I've said for years we have more to fear from our own police than we do from the Russians or any terrorist.

December 5, 2011 at 7:00 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

"One Florida cop has been arrested three times, fired five times and has been investigated forty times by Internal Affairs."

Hey, Florida Republicans, over here. I think we've found a perfect follow-up for Gov. Rick Scott. Well, at least if this cop is as corrupt as he is incompetent.

December 5, 2011 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger jadedj said...

It's the good ol' boy code of honor, and it's not just Florida. Is it any wonder that we have police departments using violence against non-violent protesters(another rhetorical question)...they fucking love it.

December 6, 2011 at 5:07 AM  
Blogger MRMacrum said...

Power and corrupt come to mind. The same song and dance unfolds all over America. It is so easy to be above the law when you are in charge of enforcing it. This will never change.

December 6, 2011 at 7:27 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

MC: You're right, it's the enemy within that we need to fear.

SW: There are probably a lot of potential Rick Scott replacements in those Florida police departments.

jadadj: There's certainly nothing new about corrupt cops covering for each other. For some reason, news stories like this are always surprising, even though I like to think I'm totally jaded by now.

MRM: You're probably right that this will never change.

December 6, 2011 at 12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Satellite Beach police officers are incredibly lacking in morals and integrity. They will lie for one another without hesitation, perform illegal searches and interrogations without any respect for the constitutional rights of the citizens who employ them. The city is full of good people who love the beaches and wildlife. Many folks settle there to raise families because it is a safe and beautiful place. Safe and beautiful because if the good citizens who reside there. There is nearly no crime and certainly no violent crime. Therefore the police do their best to create reasons to arrest good citizens while trampling on the rights our founding fathers outlined in the U.S. Constitution. They ruin the lives of young teens by hitting them with severe drug charges over something like a stem or seed of marijuana. They fabricate stories and conspiracies to produce grounds for arrest if a person refuses a search or otherwise challenges the authority and power they possess and are supposed to exercise for the good of the community rather than their own personal gain, or to retaliate against injuries to their egos by citizens who are educated in law and the state statutes. I know this information from personal experiences in the city. I hope the newest generation of residents will take charge and hold accountable those who abuse their positions and play games with the lives of others. God bless.

April 14, 2013 at 1:54 PM  

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