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How about a political movement to oppose police brutality? - Input Junkie
August 14th, 2014
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How about a political movement to oppose police brutality?

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Date:August 14th, 2014 10:26 pm (UTC)
Glenn Reynolds ("Instapundit") is advocating such measures as making it universally known that citizens have a right to videotape police officers performing their duties (apparently the courts have been fairly consistent in saying this); requiring police officers to wear videorecorders when on duty so there will always be evidence of how they handled a case; and generally demilitarizing police forces. All of those sound at first hearing like good ideas.

The trouble with lawsuits and damages is that they don't hit the police officers who make the bad decisions. The taxpayers pay the damages. Now, if you provided that payment had to come out of RICO funds, or from sale of equipment bought previously with RICO funds, it might have more of an incentive effect. RICO really needs to be drastically cut back anyway, though that's not the same issue; it's disturbingly similar to the financial arrangements for the property of accused witches back in the day.

I once read a piece by H.L. Mencken that talked about the Prussian court system having a separate set of courts for trying officers of the state who were accused of criminal conduct; Mencken claimed that they faced harsher penalties than ordinary citizens did. I don't know if Mencken had this right, but I can see some point to the idea.
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