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Want Better Policing? Make It Easier To Fire Bad Cops.
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Tomas Mix
First Supporter
First Supporter
Nov 24, 2021
Here's what happens, a cop commits serious misconduct. The chief suspends him immediately. Often, the cop still gets paid to sit at home, because this is legally required. Internal affairs investigates, but the process is delayed by exasperating legal and contract hurdles. Meanwhile, the community stews: Why hasn’t the chief fired him? Finally, the chief has the evidence to act. If merited, the cop is fired. Months have gone by, but that was the easy part. Now the cop will appeal — because the review process is staggeringly favorable to bad cops. The case goes either to an arbitrator or to a panel, a “civil service commission” appointed by the city council. The arguments are always the same: The chief’s investigation was shoddy; the chief had a vendetta against this particular cop; other cops did this before and weren’t fired; the alleged misconduct wasn’t really that bad. Too often, arbitrators feel the pressure to “split the baby” in their decisions. Perhaps the cop is docked pay or demoted; otherwise, he’s back on patrol. In some states, legislatures have codified these protections in what’s called a “peace officer’s bill of rights.” As I in Florida, an officer accused of wrongdoing is interviewed only at the end of the investigation. State law guarantees him, and his lawyer, an opportunity to review every bit of evidence — every witness statement, any video, all the physical evidence — before he talks to internal affairs. This enables the officer to cast his actions in the best possible light — even to lie about what happened, once he knows the evidence will not disprove the lie. In subsequent arbitration, this becomes a critical tactical advantage. Source
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Police Brutality or Justified Use of Force?
In FILMING THE POLICE
Introduction of myself
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Police in Austin confront a peaceful march, grab the wheelchair of a quadruple amputee, and dump her onto the pavement.
In FILMING THE POLICE
These Maryland cops responded to mental health emergency exactly the right way
In NEWS
Tomas Mix
First Supporter
First Supporter
Mar 21, 2021
We need more stories that end this way!!
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Data for Black Lives introduced #NoMoreDataWeapons, which “opposes any technological tool used to surveil, police and criminalize Black and
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Statehood for DC?…A Real Place Deserves Real Rights
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Tomas Mix
First Supporter
First Supporter
Feb 23, 2021
This needs to happens asap!
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Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. to defy ban on weed, LGBTQ rights flags
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Tomas Mix
First Supporter
First Supporter
Feb 01, 2021
Got to love Fetterman, the most non political, politician
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