I hope you watched the above with absolute disgust. When you get fired or discharged from a job, your personnel file follows you to every job you have after it. Every day you were late, how many sick days you used, and if you took your vacation. Even though it is against the law, ex-employers do go into your “attitude”, your “trust-worthy-ness”, and dependability. Human Resource Departments have a silent code to make sure they do not pass on problems to the next company or business.
Yet it seems if you are a “fired police officer” you would be “immune” from such scrutiny. It reminds me of how the Catholic Church just passed around pedophile priests, instead of solving the problem. Just push one bad apple on to the next tree….
You and I are continually followed by our record of conduct. We have police records, driving records, credit records, job records, school records, tax records, business records, etc… the list is never ending. These records are used to evaluate us, and used against us everyday. If you are speeding, your driving record shows you have been caught before, therefore you have chronic problem, and get another citation. Your insurance goes up because now your a “danger” to yourself and others. See how one record leads to another, in the end it costs you more. Poor credit translates to higher cost of debt, and higher insurance premiums. Your credit report may determine if you get a job or not.
I wanted to start a small business, a bakery, in my city. The first thing I was told….You need to have a back round check. When I asked why, I was told because I “would be working with the public”. Well ok, by that logic, don’t police officers work with the public? Just asking. Here’s the deal, I saved myself about $600.00 in fees, plus a back round check that included finger printing, etc. by getting licensed in a smaller community not tied to the city I live in. I guess that’s what fired police officers do also.
I say this in light of Sandra Bland’s family settling for 1.9 million dollars. Yes, it is a nice chunk of change, but the officer that arrested her, was simply just fired. I would be inclined to believe that asshole is right now in the process of getting a job in a small community. He will have a friend or a sympathetic “brother in blue” that will take him in and give him a job in law enforcement. Meanwhile, the Bland Family must move on without Sandra.
Look, I get it. My paper record truly says nothing about me, and I am willing to cut cops the same slack. My problem, when you have shown you do not possess the aptitude, or capacity to do the job properly, do you deserve a second chance? The lying, cover ups, falsification of reports etc… goes completely against the principals of the job. How hypocritical of an police officer enforcing laws they break everyday. Holding us to a higher standard.
Maybe it’s time to start charging their insurance. The way insurance companies do to us when we have a lead foot. Premiums go up because of the inability to self govern driving habits. Making claims against the insurance bonds of bad police officers would make them to expensive to insure. Just like doctors and malpractice insurance. They have to find another occupation because they can’t afford to be doctors. Instead of or in conjunction with taxing the city that employs these officers, we should start making it too expensive for them to be bad cops. Just a thought….
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I read an article on the Ferguson, (Michael Brown incident), protester that mysteriously died in a car fire. The protester was Darren Seals. I don’t know if it was retaliation or not, “the records show” Mr. Seals had run-ins with the police before, but yes, his mysterious death does raise those questions.
What I want to write about is the lack of media attention to the DOJ report on the Ferguson Police and court system. It seems Mr. Seals record is the only one talked about, not the record of the Police and Court system using the people of Ferguson as ATM’s.
The same type of record found not only in Ferguson, but Philly, New Mexico, and in Baltimore, in the wake of Freddie Gray’s murder. When do we demand better from our media? When do just stop listening to the same tired news, that no longer informs, but only tends to incite. After all, that is the News Media’s job, to inform.
When the Department of Justice releases reports, should the report and it’s findings be at the top of every news cycle? The reports are all at minimum 200 pages long, and are replete with discriminatory and un-constitutional behavior by those that swore an oath to “protect and serve”. This behavior is not only condoned, but backed up by supervisors, captains, chiefs, and an entire court system. No, I do not think all Police Officer are bad, I know several and they are just as disgraced by this as I am.
One would think this type of “institutional racism” would be news. That we have an entire system based on profit instead of protection. The media should be eating this up! CNN, Fox, all of them should be ripping apart the DOJ reports and breaking them down, or at least following up with their own “investigative” reports instead of delivering second hand news. Oh, but they don’t make the news, they just report it….
Every one of these events follows the same pattern. First, destroy the victim’s reputation with a record written by the hand of those that committed the act. Can you trust the very establishment that made the record? This is the story, how do they keep missing it? The actual system is the issue, not the people caught up in it. It’s not the cops or the people that should be under a microscope, but the system and it’s “for profit” agenda.
Second in the pattern, make it all about race. Yes, no doubt racism exist, we are all racist in some form or fashion, when we as natural beings are confronted by something different we either fear it, or are intrigued by it. The point is racism is not the big issue, although it is the only thing the media focuses on. The big news outlets did cover the DOJ reports, but the only issue they focused on was race. There is so much more that they don’t seem to catch. Not a single news outlet caught the underlining issue, which is money.
Afro-American’s were targeted, yes, but we should be asking why. It’s not because they are different, but because Afro-American’s are less likely to have powerful friends in their circle, less likely to hire a lawyer, more likely to have a police record, and this makes them a very vulnerable target, or the easiest way to collect revenue for the system.
The system is the issue, not racism. How many times have you heard about “police quotas”? I have been given a speeding ticket for going five miles over the limit. I was told by the officer, “he has to give me a ticket, he has a quota to meet”. Or because I pulled you over, I have to give you a ticket, profiling mandates. The Police Officers on the street do not make up the quotas, they fill them , they don’t make the rules, they follow them. Until the system changes, this will continue. It is an incredibly large income stream that the system now requires to survive.
Third, invite guests for a panel discussion on race, not the real issue, which is the system. The media does not invite rational guests with relevant ideas, or solutions. The guest speakers invited are to inflame the issue of race, produce more arguments, incite more hate, and further divide the people. I have yet to watch a single discussion that does not turn into a shouting match, racial slurs, or accomplishes a single thing.
Somewhere along the line, the media has become the hype-man for misdirection. They no longer inform, but create and move the story line towards the opinion that suits them or the money that controls them. My advice, turn off the TV, look up the DOJ reports, and do some investigating of your own, some critical thinking of your own. The system won’t change until we understand the real issue . The main stream media will not and cannot bring you real information, they are incapable of doing so.
I know right now your wondering why this is in a consumer education blog. Well, because you are a consumer. You are the engine, profit, battery and base that runs and controls the economy and all of it’s systems. Only you have the power to change that system, that starts with you changing your mind.
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