Monday, June 28, 2010

Don't Make a Federal Case Out of It

CIM Officer Robert McGowan was a prison guard who was accused of a civil rights violation; they say he assaulted two inmates. He plead not guilty and all local officials had declined to prosecute. The Federal Government then stepped in and tried him and sentenced him to over four years in prison.

The Federal Government should not prosecute individual officers for improper behavior while on duty. Local and state governments must hold their employees accountable for their actions while on duty. If they are satisfied that the officers acted properly then it should end there. The Federal Government should only step in if a state agency is corrupt. In the event that a state is corrupt there would be no alternative to a citizen to get justice. The Federal Government should only act if there is a long history of criminality on the part of a state agency. They should not concern themselves with individual officers, but rather agencies that are out of control.

The actions of a city police officer has to be passed by his agency, the local district attorney, the county sheriff, the state police and the state attorney general. That's enough review for anyone to have to satisfy. I think that these instances of the Federal Government arresting and prosecuting individual officers is an overreach of their power, a usurpation of states rights and a distraction from more important issues; that's what the SGT Says.


Bob G. said...

Overreach doesn't BEGIN to cover it.

The FEDS need to back off...period.
Allow the STATES to determine outcomes.

I agree that the Feds need to police their OWN backyard,and clean up THOSE messes, before they wander into others.

Bunkermeister said...

Well said Bob G.