Tuesday, May 5, 2009

No Laughing Matter

Police Officer Jokes About Murder Victim

A police officer was caught on video joking about a murder victim. I have written often about the fact that when you are in public you need to consider yourself to be on video all the time. These days nearly everyone has a cell phone with a camera in it. Most of them have video capability too.

While sometimes murder victims die in what may be interesting, or even funny ways it is not appropriate to joke about the death of a person while in public. The victim may be a drug dealer or a gang member, but the average citizen does not know that and almost certainly does not share your sense of humor.

This is the type of video that prevents agencies from getting raises or funding for needed equipment or even staffing increases. This is the type of video that gets officers fired or prevents them from ever getting promoted. It does not matter who the victim was, he was still a human being and entitled to a certain amount of dignity; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

Leave it to CNN and the NAACP to turn gallows humor into a racial indcident. Why not do a story on how fast the killer was captured? Or maybe a story about all the crap that Cop had to see during his career that resulted in his dark humor as a defense mechamism?

Bunkermeister said...

An out of context video that captures a police officer acting like a human and the media place a negative spin on it. No suprise.

The media also edits videos to make them look worse than they really were too!