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Officer Misconduct Hurts Image Of SDPD

Norm Stamper should not be consulted for this article. He has a long history of supervising officers that were complicit in misconduct while on duty against citizens. Also, this is a man that was in charge of the Seattle PD during the 1999 WTO conference and riots. And even though "not a single protester or police officer was injured seriously enough during the riot to require hospitalization" during the WTO protests, he illegally implemented an "emergency law" making it illegal to own or use gas masks in the city of Seattle. His misconduct of that situation alone in 1999 caused him to quit.

And although the militarization of all of our civilian police forces could be construed as a reason more and more police are being caught for acts of misconduct, chances are the percentage of bad cops is more or less the same as it was 20 years ago. The amount of cameras and microphones in the world that are capturing their misconduct has gone up considerably. So has citizens awareness of their rights. And to some cops, citizens awareness of their rights is as scary as cameras and microphones capturing police misconduct.

May 13, 2011 at 7:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )