Doctors, lawyers, and other professionals study for many years to qualify for their chosen disciplines. They also have to stay informed on new findings, new recommendations, and new policies in their respective fields, even though they underwent multiple years of training, and do not have the power to take the life of anyone.
Additionally, they are required to carry large malpractice insurance in order to be able to practice their trade.
Police officers are trained for six months and thrown out in the streets with awesome powers, (including the power to kill people). Yet many of them do not even know the laws they are trying to enforce. In many cases, their interactions with the general public are ego-driven, disrespectful power trips.
They are not required to purchase malpractice insurance to compensate for their mistakes. And so when they step outside the line as many often do, on the rare occasions they are held accountable civilly, taxpayers are forced to pick up the tab. Sometimes to the tune of millions of dollars.
It may be time for police to carry malpractice insurance.
It will not be a panacea for fixing reckless and violent cops but it is one more thing that ought to go toward reining in rogue elements within police departments.
Fort Worth interim police chief Ed Kraus stressed at a news conference on Tuesday that it “makes sense” that Jefferson “would have a gun if she felt she was being threatened or if there was someone in the backyard.”
“It’s only appropriate that Ms. Jefferson would have a gun,” Merritt said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “When you think there’s someone prowling around in the back at 2 in the morning, you may need to arm yourself.”
Kraus said Tuesday that there was “absolutely no excuse for this incident and the person responsible will be held accountable.”
The interim chief also acknowledged that his department’s earlier decision to release a still image of a gun found at Jefferson’s home — but without any context or explanation of its link to the case — had not been the right one.
The department had faced criticism for the image. Merritt, the attorney for Jefferson’s family, accused police of attempting to alter the narrative of the case and blame the victim. Kraus said at a Monday press conference that the department had released the image to show there had been a weapon “involved.” “However, we’re homeowners in the state of Texas. I can’t imagine most of us, if we thought we had somebody outside our house who shouldn’t be, and we had access to a firearm — that we wouldn’t act very similarly to how she acted,” Kraus said, CBS News reported.
“The officers, they try hard every day to try to make this city better,” Kraus said. “I likened it to a bunch of ants building an anthill, and if somebody comes with a hose and washes it away they just have to start from scratch.”
Story originated @ ; https://www.huffpost.com/entry/atatiana-jefferson-fort-worth-gun_n_5da6ca6be4b002e33e773f6c
The release of the gun was designed to create the impression that the victim of this tragic mess was justifiably killed.
Police officers continue to act outside their training and operational protocols creating tremendous pain for citizens and at extreme costs to taxpayers.
Police officers are people, they are allowed to make mistakes, but when they make mistakes they are expected to fess up to those mistakes.
Police officers are given extremely wide latitude to do their jobs. Some would argue too much latitude.
Every cop, even the last joined rookie, has the power of life and death in his hands. It is for that reason that this writer has consistently argued that training should not and cannot be sufficient as a one-off event.
No one will hear a peep out of me when criminals threaten the lives of the innocent, or law-enforcement officers, and are shot if necessary.
What I have a problem with is the gung-ho attitudes of far too many police officers for whatever reason, which leads to the harm, and killing of innocent people.
It is shocking to watch the behavior of police officers these days, when they deal with certain communities. One would think that instead of servants they are overseers and masters dealing with their slaves.
Police are escalating trivial and inconsequential nonsense and making them arrestable events, even though they instigated the unrest in the first place.
This rests with their civilian bosses in the state legislatures, they should be held accountable.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, a business owner, avid researcher, and blogger.
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