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Time for a Police Offenders Registry

This week, the Department of Justice announced new guidelines against racial profiling. The changes don’t actually change all that much. As regular incidents of police brutality get more and more mainstream media attention, it’s time for a bold move from the White House. Full Op-Ed Piece

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  1. Robert Curtis

    The mandate of having cops wear body cameras is more the answer than a registry (IMO).
    Last year Orange County Supervisors introduced a registry for dogs but Supervisor Janet
    Nguyen (now senator) apposed the measure vehemently (being a dog lover). A registry is to offensive to place a ferocious dog but a person that has completed their probation, therapy and time served? That somehow is alright. A registry of any kind is not fit for man nor beast. TRUTH

    • Q

      I remember that; now in OC (one of the smellier cesspools in this state) dogs are held in higher regard than registrants.

  2. Timmr

    This isn’t a problem of bad cops. It a problem of a bad system. There were six cops around Eric Garner when he was strangled. None intervened to stop the killing or try to help the victim. They were doing what they were told, use excessive force on the most minor of crimes, selling cigarettes, for example. It’s their “broken windows” policy.
    Screw the registry, even for cops. Indict, convict and jail cops who murder and abuse, like everyone else. Then they will have a record and won’t have another police job. Then others will be discouraged from joining the force who think they can get away with murder. Use independent prosecutors to indict police misconduct.

    • Q

      It was a similar situation in the Kelly Thomas murder; only some of the cops joined in the torture that led to his death.

  3. Q

    Time for a Police Offenders Registry?!? I’ve thought it’s been way overdue for some years. There was an article on SOSEN earlier this year demonstrating that a cop is many times more likely top commit a sex offense (and apparently does) than the average citizen. No small wonder we don’t hear or see much in the news about the unchecked crime spree many police officers are on.

    here is a link to an excellently researched article by WillB that will be as relevant tomorrow as it is today, and for as long as the “good ol boy” culture exists in the halls of justice (Justice; what a farce that is becoming). The lives being destroyed either by bullets and other physical means and upside down laws must be checked. America as a great nation is going down the tubes by way of some very dark and evil people.

    http://sosen.org/blog/2014/01/20/who-really-commits-new-sex-crimes.html

  4. Anonymous

    I’m torn on this one. On the one hand, if it’s wrong for me to be on a public shaming list, I can’t in good conscious say it’s good for someone else to be on one. On the other hand, if something like this did pass, and it came with all the stigma of the current SOR, maybe we would get to a point where courts would call it punitive, since it is… I don’t like that second option though because how many more lives would be destroyed in the process? I’d like to think even corrupt/bad police officers are capable of making positive changes in their life and becoming better people without this.

    • Bluewall

      I use to think that way.. but I guess I have grown vendettive over time…If one group is forced to register, then all groups should…

    • timmr

      Problem is, this proposal, unless I am reading it wrongly, would put a police officer on a registry for being fired, or suspected, for misconduct. Not even on the SOR do people get put on it for not being convicted of a crime (maybe there is, but that would be truly despicable). This takes it out of any due process, and everyone deserves due process. I suppose such a registry would put policemen on notice and deter crime, yet it hasn’t worked that way for sex offenders. The problem is that policemen are not being tried for violations of human rights. If there were and independent prosecutor, maybe even registrants can petition to have certain law enforcement officials go through indictment proceedings when rights are violated. Yeh, if one group who is deemed dangerous is on a registry, then all groups deemed dangerous should be on the registry, then there goes your idea of a tiered registry where there is a selection process in place. That selection process has not to date been based on empirical evidence, but rather subjective feelings the public has about certain crimes and who commits them.

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