The recent Police atrocities are so uncountable across the country. They range from low-level brutalities to murders of victims or as usually referred to as “suspects”
The number of brutalities the police departments commit against innocent and unarmed victims is on the rise. Ironically, these atrocities attract several degrees of settlements and fines. Such settlements range from few dollars to millions of dollars depending on the impact of the brutality towards the innocent victim.
At the end of the day, such heavy costs of penalties are incurred by the State. On the other hand, the State gets money from levying the citizens through income tax and other forms of taxes. The logic here is that the police brutalize the citizens and the citizens, in turn, pay the fines and other adjudged costs.
The created scenario ironically empties the pockets of taxpayers. The end result police officers have zero personal accountability. If government bear the cost of all police brutalities, then indeed the police officers are encouraged to carry out such acts since they do not feel the direct impact of the atrocities they commit.
We ask to create a system within the law enforcement departments that would tie officers’ wages and salaries to settlements relating to their misconducts. This will deter officers from acting in such ways, knowing that the burden would be seen within their bank account, rather than a settlement fund or the government coffers they have no control over.
A closer look at the annual report of CATO Institute claims that the numbers through 2010 remained consistent, with $346.5 million spent on related judgments, settlements, court costs and attorney fees from January-December 2010. During the period under review, the organization’s statistics showed 4,861 incidents reported throughout the year, which consisted of 6,600 law enforcement officials and 6,826 victims.
If such police misconducts involve the violation of a victim’s civil rights, then the officer involved must face federal prosecution. If the officer’s misconduct violates department’s policies, then he must be subjected to a civil lawsuit for fines or other compensations.
In addition, if an officer acts in good faith and does not violate the department’s policy, then he must be granted “conditional immunity” from any such civil lawsuit though the department itself.
On a final and more serious note, related judgments, settlements, court costs and attorney fees must be deducted from the wages and salaries of offending officers.
Grant the reliefs in this petition in order to hold the police in this country personally accountable for their misconducts.