Cops held at a higher standard?

Meghan - posted on 12/09/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I was watching Law and Order and the episode had some bad cops that were being investigated. The lead investigator said "Cops should be held at a higher standard than civilians."

Now, obviously there is an oath that cops take (serve and protect) and they gain knowledge of how to get away with things. But if a cop does break a law, based on those things should they be prosecuted and charged differently?

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Jenny - posted on 12/09/2010

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Depends on the crime. If it is commited while at the same time abusing their powers of authority then yes. If it's something like a crime of passion where they walk in and shoot the dude their wife is banging then no.

Rosie - posted on 12/09/2010

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should they be prosecuted and charged differently? no.

should they be held to a higher standard? yes.
just as i expect a principal of a school to set an example for my children, i expect police officers to set an example for the community. if the law breaks the law, what's the fucking point?

Louise - posted on 12/10/2010

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I think if a copper knowingly breaks the law then yes they should be prosecuted harder as they have gone out of there way to try and hide their crimes because of their training. All coppers are aware that if they get caught society will come down hard on them and they all know that jail will be hell with people coming for them for being busted in the first place. If you are a copper you should be a role model for others and not a criminal.

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Tah - posted on 12/10/2010

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They should absolutely be held to a higher standard, they take an oath to uphold the law, they are supposed to know the law, so if they are going around breaking the law, what does that say about them and how exactly does that help us?

Meghan - posted on 12/09/2010

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I totally agree it depends on the situation. I live in a town where organized crime pretty much rules. And after I started my study in criminology and hearing some outrageous statistics I have started to wonder how much of these "Hollywood" cops are actually out there.

Desiree - posted on 12/09/2010

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Maybe!! considering the amount of corruption there is in the police forces all over the world.

Sharon - posted on 12/09/2010

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QUOTE: Depends on the crime. If it is commited while at the same time abusing their powers of authority then yes. If it's something like a crime of passion where they walk in and shoot the dude their wife is banging then no. END QUOTE

i agree 100% with jenny

Kate CP - posted on 12/09/2010

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I think they should be held to the same standard. Too often police get away with murder (literally) and I think it sucks. When a cop breaks the law they should be punished just like a civilian and that means they should have to serve time.

JuLeah - posted on 12/09/2010

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Higher standard ... no, but we could hold the powers that be to a higher standard. They could do a better job screening the folks that wanna be officers, a better job training and supporting them too.
What officers know about DV for example is just sad. What they know of behavior mod or intervention leaves a lot to be desired. And the psych evals don't weed out the folks who really just want a big gun to shoot people with.
All of this make the job harder for the officers who are really skilled and do their jobs well.

Hannah - posted on 12/09/2010

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Jennie, good point. If it is a crime commited while on the job or where they are abusing their power, it should be stiffer sentence.

Lacye - posted on 12/09/2010

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Yes. They should have a stiffer sentence simply because they took an oath to serve us and protect us. They know how to get out of trouble in some situations and if they are caught, yeah. I think make them be charged differently.

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