You simply cannot ask a corrupt organization to "investigate" itself; they won't do so in an honest fashion.
DENVER (CBS4)– CBS4 has learned that an internal investigation is underway into the interim head of the Denver Sheriff Department, Elias Diggins, and the captain in charge of the Denver Sheriff’s Internal Affairs Bureau after an internal affairs investigator blew the whistle, saying he was ordered to destroy a videotape that showed an inmate being humiliated and degraded.
“This is the definition of corruption,” said Brent Miller, who believes the sheriffs department fired him earlier this month for refusing to destroy the tape.
This has gone on for a very long time. It's not uncommon; there's a similar problem in south Florida:
OAKLAND PARK, Fla. — The witnesses who saw a Broward County deputy sheriff kill a man who had strolled through his apartment complex with an unloaded air rifle propped on his shoulders agreed: Just before he was gunned down, Jermaine McBean had ignored the officers who stood behind him shouting for him to drop his weapon.
Nothing, the officer swore under oath, prevented Mr. McBean from hearing the screaming officers.
Newly obtained photographic evidence in the July 2013 shooting of Mr. McBean, a 33-year-old computer-networking engineer, shows that contrary to repeated assertions by the Broward Sheriff’s Office, he was wearing earbuds when he was shot, suggesting that he was listening to music and did not hear the officers. The earphones somehow wound up in the dead man’s pocket, records show.
There's no accident involved in any of these sorts of things. A pair of earbuds do not go from a dead suspect's ears to their pocket on their own. Someone placed them there -- on purpose -- and it was only the fact that a neighbor took a picture that clearly showed the wires from said earbuds coming from his ears that refuted the officer claims that there was "nothing" that would have impeded his hearing.
Intentional destruction of evidence, from erasure of tapes to destroying dashcam video to more is utterly common. All of these acts are felonies for which you or I will go to prison if we attempt to do so to obstruct an investigation and yet I have never seen a cop indicted for such an act.
Then there's the Ohio case where a judge ruled the officer "not guilty" because he couldn't determine exactly which cop's bullet killed the victim. This is a flat-out outrage; people go to prison all the time for murder when they are one of many who are involved in the homicide even if they didn't do the actual shooting. Let me remind everyone that the two "suspects" were unarmed and had committed no crime until they were unlawfully chased by the police because their car backfired.
They didn't shoot at anyone and couldn't have as they were unarmed. Any cop that cannot distinguish between a car backfiring and a firearm discharging is either lying or has never fired his weapon -- to practice his marksmanship or otherwise.
That's not a mistake it's corruption, lying to investigators and obstruction of justice -- period.
The apologists will say "well why did they run?" but this is the old "hero cop" crap -- and you had better cut it out before you wind up dead on the wrong end of a hailstorm of pig lead.
The proper question is this: "Why would you quietly sit and submit to what you have reason to believe will be brutality or even homicide?"
And while hindsight is certainly 20-20 in this case that "reason to believe" turned out to be objectively true, didn't it?
This former black ex-cop puts reality in fairly-stark relief. That I'm not black and thus (in relative terms) far less likely to find myself on this business end of this crap doesn't change the fact that it's real, it's wrong and you cannot ask the fox to police the henhouse.
The function of police is not to prevent or stop crime; they almost-never actually do that for the simple reason that they're not present at the time. That's arithmetic, density and just plain luck and nobody can change it. The function of the police is to investigate crime and deliver suspects for adjudication by the courts. Between the militarization of police forces, racism among many officers, including black officers, tolerance of and even encouragement of "rough" practices and a refusal to indict any and all who tamper with evidence and obstruct investigations there is simply nothing more than can be done with the structure that exists today -- it has arrogated to itself the power to assault and even murder with impunity and has become akin to a "legal" mafia.
The Second Amendment provides plenty of deterrent value against criminals provided it is honored in its original wording. Returning to that meaning will make returning police forces back to their investigatory role both practical and end their argument for the (ab)use of force in virtually every instance.
Cops are not heros and it's well past the time that we stop treating them as such. They're employees who take a job knowing damn well that, on relative terms, it might lead to injury or death. So does an ironworker building skyscrapers but you don't see him claiming hero status even though some of them do die and without them you wouldn't have that nice tall building to work or live in.
This sort of "hero worship" crap is not only corrosive it's corrupt at the core too, and those of you who practice or buy into it are not only part of the problem you're accessories after the fact to all of the brutality and obstruction of justice that takes place.
The solution to both the brutality and crime issues is right under our noses; the Framers gave it to us as they understood what had happened before, having been screwed over and abused by the police and military forces of the Crown.
Take back our streets folks. Demand the Second Amendment's clear language be respected everywhere, demand indictments and prison time every single time that a dashcam is erased or footage "disappears", put cameras on every officer that is on all the time they are on duty, forbid said officers any special privilege when not on duty and remove all pretense and claim of "hero" from those who have willingly taken on a job that does, and should, come with heightened scrutiny and attention paid to one's acts as they have profound impact upon the public.
It's time to end the police as we know them today and return them to the Mayberry era -- those officers and departments that refuse to accept this as their future must be disbanded.