Why not discuss the need for administrative, supervisory and disciplinary policies that are proactive as opposed to waiting for a citizen complaint or lawsuit to begin dealing with a "rogue" cop? What about policies and procedures to retrain, reeducate and/or discipline the cops who see the "rogue" cop in action but do not report that?So, how can law enforcement better deal with the "bad" and the "ugly"? The answer is a return to the idea of "community oriented policing." Many police agencies have had great success by sponsoring "citizen police academies" and use those short courses, open to the public, as a foundation upon which to build strong relations within the communities they serve.
It's another "can't we all just get along together" moment.
Cops and the folks they work for could do much better if they got to know each other. LEAs do not have to surrender all autonomy and authority when they start cleaning up their own internal messes. But they need to look at The Thin Blue Wall of Silence for what it is - a conspiracy of accessory after the fact. They and the prosecutors complain when the community remains silent (often with reasons associated with personal physical safety), but appear not to see that the same is taking place within their own ranks.
Right now we all seem to be stuck at http://www.columbia.edu/~sss31/rainbow/whose.job.html . It's not the sort of situation where anybody, all alone, and effect the needed change. But a few somebodys getting together on both sides of the table now is better than waiting till everybody is on board.
My challenge is to get to know the CLEO on more of a personal than a consumer with complaints level and then to use that as a springboard to begin addressing the Thin Blue Wall of Silence issue. Think I'll look up his name and see about getting an apppointment with him.