Thursday, July 7, 2011

Chicago Cops Not Prosecuted

The media are worried that Chicago police who were accused in a sex scandal were not prosecuted, but a citizen who made a complaint against the police was prosecuted for surreptitiously filming the police during her interview with internal affairs. These two circumstances need to be looked at separately. If the police have been accused of sexual misconduct then their internal affairs department should investigate and determine if they committed an offense and if they can prove it to the satisfaction of the courts. They also need to initiate personnel actions; the actions of the police may not rise to the level of provable criminal behavior but may subject them to disciplinary action from their employer, the police department. Or the prosecutor may make a deal and drop some or all of the charges in exchange for their testimony against the person making the surreptitious videos.

As for the person who made the surreptitious video of the police who were investigating the person who complained about the police her complaint and the video that she did are two separate issues. Her alleged violation of the law is not made right be her motivation. There are no legal exemptions for those taping police in assault cases. The final determination of prosecution will be made by the district attorney who is not part of the police department so there is professional distance there.

The media often likes to lump together issues that are not connected. They also compare issues that are not related to each other. The fact that these activities are illegal is determined by the state legislature, not the police. The penalties for these crimes are set by the state legislature, not the police. This story tried to make it seem as if the police targeted a victim of police mis-conduct for harsh treatment but in reading between the lines and applying some analysis shows that does not appear to be the case; that’s what the SGT Says.

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