Cop who switched off traffic cam in order to make illegal threats will keep his job


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I wonder if that’s enough evidence to win a suit?

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It’s ok though, because he’s just one bad apple. #notallcops


Shutting off a dash/body cam should mean immediate termination and an automatic charge of evidence tampering.


Wouldn’t a normal person go to prison for this? Physically assaulting a person and threatening that person. The fact that the police officer is in possession of a firearm while making these threats is a, um, aggravating factor, right? Seems like multiple felonies. I don’t get why they never get prosecuted. Hell, even if you called this assault in the workplace, it would still be a felony.

As for keeping his job, jesus christ. Name one other civilian occupation where someone can behave like this and not get fired.


The thin blue line protects it’s own before it bothers with the regular work which justifies their elevated supra-legal position in society. We as a society apparently like and appreciate having our thugs to scare ‘bad guys’ which are defined on a case by case basis by the nice ‘good guys’, though it is actually how the victim (perp) strikes the fancy of the officer at the time of the encounter.
Free reign for ego is fun, get a tax deductible gun or two, learn to beat people and cause them pain, you might even protect somebody someday, work at the police department!


That’ll teach him!

According to the police report, another officer arrived and Officer Mobley instructed him to shut off his dash camera, claiming it was for a legitimate law enforcement purpose

Bullshit. There’s no legitimate law enforcement purpose for shutting off a dash cam, and the other officer is complicit.

Reading the complaint, the asshole cop (AC) never activated his own car’s video system, claiming afterwards it was missing equipment (Internal Affairs determined that to be a lie). The second officer turned it “off for admin” reasons (AC claimed the victim was a drug informant and needed to protect his identity), but was not found culpable, probably because the 2nd cop was pissed off about being lied to, confronted AC, and then went to his chain of command about it the day of the incident.

I still don’t understand what’s the purpose of having video recorders if the police can turn them off at will. Even the excuse of protecting an informant falls flat – the videos don’t generally get released uncensored to the public. AC deserved more than a 30-day suspension for policy violations; he should have been charged with assault and fired.

Not victim blaming here at all, but the victim also sounds like a piece of work himself – allegedly he had taken his kid along to buy drugs in the past, was no stranger to the town’s police for stealing scrap metal and domestic violence, and was driving on a suspended license at the time.



if you understand the history of police in america all of this makes much more sense–


Actor/actress! Only when the script calls for it, of course.


At this point it seems like we just need a random headline generator with the pattern: “Cop who [insert verb phrase here] will keep their job,” and it sadly seems probable that they’ll all come true.


I wonder exactly what you have to do to be fired and stay fired as law enforcement? Fuck the chief’s daughter or son? Be Chris Dorner?

There is nothing but rule of man left.


Stand up for ordinary citizens against corrupt police officers


Where I live (maybe everywhere) the town pays for a police officer to be trained. It costs about $50,000 per cop. This is a huge investment that creates a huge conflict of interest when it comes to firing a bad cop. If we fire a cop, we lose the $50,000 we invested in his or her training and we’re on the hook for another $50,000 to get a new one.


given the sunk cost considerations you bring up, it makes fascinating the fact that officer darren wilson, the man who killed michael brown, was part of a police force that was so at odds with the community it was supposed to serve that the city council disbanded it.


With the massive amounts of data the NSA is storing on average citizens, there is no reason why body cams that are automatically uploaded should not be possible.

Cops are going to have a much harder time hiding their criminal behavior in the future.


Shutting off a dashcam should just mean that the little red light goes off and the footage goes straight to a review board outside of that department.


I wonder if some kind of bond system would solve this? Or insurance? Take it out of their pay incrementally, if they remain good cops they get it back.


The town is on the hook for civil liability when a bad cop screw up. Is that a risk the town is willing to take? Compared to many civil settlements to the victims of bad cops, $50k is pocket change.


The problem with #notallcops is that we have so much trouble actually punishing #afewbadapples. “Conduct unbecoming” ought be punished with immediate termination. If you can’t act like a police officer, then you shouldn’t be one.

(In before anyone says he was acting like a police officer - they aren’t all bad, really)