Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Cop suspended

I had previously seen the video embedded here but hadn't blogged about it. It's a video (actually mostly audio, the action is off camera) really getting out of line and threatening to invent criminal charges to falsely make an arrest and justify towing a car. In my experience it's fairly typical of cop behavior whenever his authority is questioned. Many cops just have no skills to cope with anything less than complete control.

The really cool part, that was new to me until I was alerted to it by a reader, is that the cop has now been suspended. Without Pay. That's Without Pay.

That's highly unusual. The St. George, Missouri Police Department has a police chief who actually knows the difference between right and wrong plus has some balls. My hat's off to him. He's rare. St. George needs to hang on to that guy.

Click on the link above, look at the video, read the transcript, follow the news story link. Some really bad cop behavior followed by a very appropriate police chief response.

UPDATE:
It looks like I might have been a little premature in praising the St. George police chief.

The chief himself has a history and it seems the department is in the habit of hiring cops with assualt convictions and sexual misbehavior during traffic stops while on duty.

St. George, MO doesn't look like the kind of town you'd want to spend much time in.

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