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  • This is wonderful. I hope no innocent cops get capped because of this.
  • The corruption is completely laid bare in this case. We are monsters.
  • Murdering unarmed people? Totally legal.

    Overtime fraud? Go directly to jail!
  • Do the Fark cop defenders swoop into these sorts of threads?
    Or do they stay silent when the point is made this clearly?
  • What did Schumer promise them?
  • Got'dang subby.
  • I live Baltimore;  Subby's not wrong.
  • I'm just surprised a police officer got convicted of anything. Others must have turned state's evidence or the union must be very weak there.
  • Racketeering. Not what I was expecting.
  • Jesus.  I'm not usually a burn the motherfarker down and salt the earth type, but damn.  BPD needs to have every officer, all the way up to Commissioner fired, and replaced.  Up standards to require a bachelors degree to join, and completely disband the paramilitary and "special" units.  shiat has gone too far, and one major city's PD needs to be made an example of.  Put the rest on notice of what can happen to you.  Have State Police and the Feds patrol and run down crime in the city while the PD is rebuilt from scratch.  Minimum 20 year sentence when caught for corruption, bodycams on everyone but undercover cops, immediate termination if the camera stops functioning for anything but verified mechanical issues confirmed by an outside lab, data to be stored on servers not accessible by the rank and file cops.  I'm sure there are other things, but that feels like a good start.
  • Somacandra: I'm just surprised a police officer got convicted of anything. Others must have turned state's evidence or the union must be very weak there.


    4 other officers got caught red handed and made deals.
  • Clemkadidlefark: What did Schumer promise them?


    Your unused brain. Good thing you won't notice the extraction.
  • doglover: Murdering unarmed people? Totally legal.

    Overtime fraud? Go directly to jail!


    Seeing this through the lens of class, it makes sense. One is stealing from your betters, the other is killing the "dregs" of society.

    /It's like class divisions mean something still!
    //Incidentally, the police work for the elite
    ///Which is why white people and middle class people still sometimes get shot and nothing happens
  • "Hersl's brother, Steve Hersl, said later that "Danny" did not "deserve this. Let's talk about the corruption that starts at the top."
    Ah, the old "but everyone's doing it" defence.
    The sad part is how much it was mentioned in the article that the corruption goes way up.

    "But the new acting chief has also echoed Pugh, repeatedly blaming "a few bad apples" for giving the force a bad name."
    I can't belive he actually said it. What is stupid about that comment is that the idiots who actually use it forget the idiom it is from:
    "One bad apple ruins the barrel"
  • WTFDYW: This is wonderful. I hope no innocent cops get capped because of this.


    "The guilty officers accused several others of stealing from citizens, including a detective killed with his revolver late last year a day before he was set to testify before a grand jury in thepolice corruption case. The death of Det. Sean Suiter last November remains unsolved. The FBI has said there is no reason to believe it was connected to the corruption probe."
  • And if you really want to know how bad the problem is, listen to these statements:
    "All six plea agreements state that someone in the state's attorney's office leaked information about the federal investigation to the task force members, and several officers testified fellow police gave them a heads-up as well."
  • WTFDYW: innocent cops


    I'm beginning to wonder how many of those, if any, are left anymore.
  • It's a start.
  • Baltimore PD is so corrupt, the only way to fix it is to fire every single cop on the force and start from scratch.
  • OgreMagi: Baltimore PD is so corrupt, the only way to fix it is to fire every single cop on the force and start from scratch.


    Sounds like the mayor needs to be punted out the door as well.
  • Boo_Guy: OgreMagi: Baltimore PD is so corrupt, the only way to fix it is to fire every single cop on the force and start from scratch.

    Sounds like the mayor needs to be punted out the door as well.


    And the city council.  Or we nuke Baltimore from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.
  • doglover: Murdering unarmed people? Totally legal.

    Overtime fraud? Go directly to jail!


    Yes, because one is a crime against money which is unforgivable to those in power, the other is cops doing what time in power wish then to do, keep minorities down.
  • devildog123: Up standards to require a bachelors degree to join, and completely disband the paramilitary and "special" units. shiat has gone too far, and one major city's PD needs to be made an example of. Put the rest on notice of what can happen to you. Have State Police and the Feds patrol and run down crime in the city while the PD is rebuilt from scratch. Minimum 20 year sentence when caught for corruption, bodycams on everyone but undercover cops, immediate termination if the camera stops functioning for anything but verified mechanical issues confirmed by an outside lab, data to be stored on servers not accessible by the rank and file cops. I'm sure there are other things, but that feels like a good start.


    Obviously strong measures need to be taken, but setting unattainable standards won't do anything but prevent people from becoming cops.

    Generally when you see these corruption scandals in a police department, it reflects a failure of leadership at the highest levels. Even though these criminal cops do their best to conceal their crimes, there are usually some cops that see this stuff happening. They don't report it for several reasons, but the most prominent is the knowledge that nothing will be done about it by those who have the ability and responsibility to do something.

    Change the leadership, set higher but attainable standards and enforce them. Hold the supervisors and administrators accountable for the behavior of their subordinates all the way to the top. When cops commit crimes, prosecute not only them, but anyone who knew about it and did nothing.

    Increase and improve training. Bad decisions by cops are often based on a lack of knowledge of the law and their own authority. Abuse of authority by cops is commonly based on a lack of ability to know how to de-escalate a situation and how to properly use physical force when de-escalation fails.

    /rant over
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