Sunday, December 07, 2014

BAD COP? BLAME THE BOSS

Focus on the bad behavior of the street cop.

Then, focus on cop's background: Bad Cop!

Cop's fault, end of discussion.

Not!

Who the fuck hired, retained, and then assigned the killer cop to the kill zone?

Answer: Superior officers.

In a virtuous world, supervisors are responsible for the actions of their subordinates. That's why they get higher pay.

It's the supervisor's job to hire suitable officers, tell them what to do, praise good performers and discipline or remove bad performers.

Sometimes, rarely, bad performers are removed.

But, almost never is the supervisor disciplined, or even named, when a bad cop does bad things.

It's pretty much the same as molester-priests whose bishop's moved rather than sacked them.

It's hard to fire someone. Especially when it's not your money that's paying them.

If you don't have the courage to look a subordinate in the eye and tell them they're fired, you should not be a supervisor.

I hate to say it, but Vatican ass kicking makes Pope Francis look pretty.  He fired the head of the Swiss Guard!
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Saturday, December 06, 2014

PUBLIC DEFENDERS

The absurdity of District Attorneys prosecuting police misconduct is finally dawning on some of media's less dumb pundits.
Possible solutions, except for Federal intervention escape these empty, but still talking, heads.
Here's an easy solution I haven't heard mentioned.
Add "public prosecutor" to the duties of Public Defenders.
Just as every jurisdiction has a District Attorney, every jurisdiction has a Public Defender.
The usual mission of the Public Defender is to represent indigent criminal defendants.
Many PD also advocate for fairness and against perceived unfairness in the criminal justice system.
As such, Public Defenders are the only unconflicted officials who oppose police and prosecutorial misconduct. In a way, that's already their job description.
The bureaucratic structure is already in place, we simply need to add a few more lawyers, "public prosecutors," to the Public Defenders' offices. The only targets of these public prosecutors would be public employees who commit crimes against members of the public, especially police officers.
Who knows the most about police misconduct? Who knows the most about prosecutorial misconduct? Public Defenders.
"Public Defenders" could be the answer to the age old question of who will police the police.
Since public defenders are elected by the same voters who elect district attorneys, there's no guarantee that police will be prosecuted. But at least it would provide a mechanism that would make such prosecutions possible.
Now we have none.
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Friday, February 28, 2014

JASON COLLINS

The way in which Jason Collins re-entered the NBA as its first openly gay player illustrates the importance of sexual orientation in team sports:

Zero.

It wasn't, "Let me play even though I'm gay."

It was, "I'm gay and I can play."

Jason Collins was likened to Dodgers legend Jackie Robinson for ...

Nearing the end of his career, no NBA teams picked him up after his "I'm gay" announcement.

Then, mid-season the Brooklyn Nets had a vacancy in their roster.  They looked around, and found that the very best person in the world available to fill that vacancy was Jason Collins.

So they signed him.

Because they needed him.

By the way, there's still a glaring vacancy in pro sports: who will be the first white player to come out?

It's like, Do black folk have to do everything???

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