Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Friday, December 11, 2009 9:39 pm

If you’re serious about having good cops, then you’ll be serious about punishing the bad ones

Filed under: Hold! Them! Accountable! — Lex @ 9:39 pm
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I have no idea whether sci-fi writer Peter Watts’ account of what happened to him at the U.S.-Canadian border is true.

But if it is, the Homeland Security officers involved need to do a minimum of five years. No “reprimand,” no “administrative duty,” no “suspension.” Instead, a felony record and a big chunk of their life confined to a place where anything resembling a cop is very much disliked.

If there’s any merit to the notion that the threat of imprisonment will serve as a deterrent to unlawful behavior by police, there must first be imprisonment for unlawful behavior by police.

Who will watch the watchers? In this country, it’s all of us, whether we like it or not.

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