October 30th, 2011

green leaves

Doing the right thing

Woman gets hit with stray bullet, heads to hospital. NYPD officers decide she’s lying about what happened, arrest her, detain her for five days . . . then release her with no charges.

The right thing aspect is that the police wanted her to accuse her ex-boyfriend with shooting her, and she refused to do so, even though being held in squalid conditions-- one hamburger/day and insufficient access to bathroom facilities.

What I've seen in response to this story is anger at the NYPD police and hopes that she wins a big settlement. That's all very well, but respect is owed because she wasn't willing to wreck someone else's life, even under a great deal of pressure.

Large cash awards are definitely better no recourse at all, but they don't seem to lead to changes in policy. I think it's necessary to punish the individuals responsible for these outrages, or at least fire them.

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green leaves

Controlling the police?

dr_zfq asked recently, "*Is* there any way to force the department to fire those individuals? Is there any way at all to force the necessary punishments to happen?"

That's a good question, which means I have no idea of the answer-- it's the sort of detail I'm not apt to accumulate. One would think there'd be laws with punishments nicely attached against imprisoning someone in conditions which probably violate the Geneva Conventions in order to extort false accusations from them, but you never know.

Nor do I know what procedures would be needed to bring criminal charges against police for something criminal that's vaguely police-procedure-shaped that they've done on the job.

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