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National registry for officers who committed misconduct being tested in LA

[yahoo.com – 5/25/21]

The goal of the database is to prevent cops who have been fired or resigned from getting rehired at another police department

USC’s Safe Communities Institute is developing a national database of police officers who have been terminated or resigned due to misconduct.

The first-of-its-kind registry is called the Law Enforcement Work Inquiry System, or LEWIS registry, named after late civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis. The LEWIS Registry aims to bring transparency and accountability to law enforcement, and the announcement coincides with the one-year anniversary of the police-killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.

The registry, per NBC News, will utilize public records to document officers who have been fired or resigned due to “excessive use of force, corruption, domestic violence, sexual assault, harassment, perjury, hate group affiliation, or filing a false police report,” the outlet writes. The goal of the database is to prevent corrupt and rotten to the core cops from getting rehired at another police department, the report states.

The Police Protective League noted in a statement its privacy concerns about the database. “We have serious concerns over any private entity that promotes their own database as it lacks public accountability and safeguards to ensure that officers are not mistakenly added to the private database for unverified and invalidated complaints, and/or which discloses officer’s personal information, such as home addresses,” the statement said.

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“We have serious concerns over any private entity that promotes their own database as it lacks public accountability and safeguards to ensure that officers are not mistakenly added to the private database for unverified and invalidated complaints, and/or which discloses officer’s personal information, such as home addresses,” the statement said.

Oh, really… you’re afraid of officer’s personal information being disclosed. Lol, I call it an eye for eye.

Hmm. Sounds a lot like Pedro Sanchez’s approach at first glance, and it might be a good way to teach these people some empathy. The only problem is, that it’s implicit in the rhetoric that the sex offender registry is constitutional. And it plainly isn’t.

Now if we could get one for politicians who lie and commit misconduct we will be getting somewhere.

Biggest problem I have is nobody in government is held accountable for their actions; yet we are forever stained because of ours.

Make sure all their information is posted publicly. Names, addresses, vehicles, license plates, work locations, emails, usernames. If they fail to update any changes within 3 days, arrest and charge them with a felony.

I am sorry but I am against all registries, to include one for the police….though truth be known, they are much more likely to offend than any of us.

Bad behavior should be suitably punished and the offending party punished and then given services to enable them to reintegrate themself back into society.

This is, to my mind, true for police also.

Best Wishes, James I

Last edited 29 days ago by James I

I agree that registries are wrong. But the point in this case is the hypocrisy of the Police Protection League.

Don’t sweat it, officer. It’s regulatory, not punitive.

Let’s expand it to include:

State and federal prison staff, highway patrol, sheriffs, state police, parole agents, county and federal probation officers, U.S. Marshals, and any other law enforcement in the country. Not that it will do any good because registries don’t work anyway.

Reinventing the wheel here as there is already one, nationally, I have written about previously which was published in the USA Today, but you do you, Boo. Just make sure it is available to the entire public for review so they can look in the mirror and decide for themselves how a registry works towards someone.

It is always ok when it is one particular group , But what these people in this country do not understand is then it is applied too all others over time, I have always said this registry is a gateway too take away every Americans rights they have too serve a sentence and more on . There will be a registry for everything soon, I was just wondering where was the registry when i bought my home for the dirty B**ch next door with them untrained kids and dogs that keep bring down our neighborhood and keeping everyone away all hours of the day n night . Crazy S*%t .

I never thought I’d say all Americans will be on some kind of registry soon. History repeats itself and we are to afraid to see the truth and believe it can happen here. Same bs different targets

First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew…”
Martin Niemöller

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The only thing is that other departments will still hire these guys. Many look on their actions as a badge of honor. This so called “list” will only be available to other Law agencies, so who does it affect? No one. I would have no complaints if the sex offender registry were a secure system for only law enforcement, but then 90% of the laws would be superfluous. The public registry is beating a dead horse.

Agree with all but the LE only registry – they don’t need one. They have access to the NCIC and state counterparts that feed it that already has all the info on the sex offender registry. It’s completely redundant and useless for them, other than to solicit larger grants to maintain it (much of which is not used for that purpose).

Email sent to the president of the L.A. protective league,

Your organization recently put out a statement condemning the misconduct registry and saying, “ the registry could list officers mistakenly with no allegations and putting out their home address could put them and their families in danger”.
Well, welcome to the world of EVERY person on the sex offender registry! We must tap dance that landmine every day of our lives. People are killed every year simply because they have the same name as someone on the registry. Registrant’s homes and properties are vandalized for no other reason than they are on this stupid public list.

I’d like to see a DUI Drivers Registry with all the same harassments … um, regulations… that we have to suffer.
🔹Specially marked license plates
🔹Must register all vehicles one might drive (or get arrested & face felony charges and prison time).
🔹Pulled over at random by police just to check sobriety and registration (same as a S.O. compliance check/address verification).
🔹Public website with photos and vehicles information.
🔹Public notification of neighbors.
🔹And not allowed to drive on Holidays (like no Halloween for SOs).
DUI Drivers recidivism rates are certainly “frightening and high” and the results of their actions are horrific, long lasting, and family-destroying.
Yes, more public shaming lists. Shaming for all! Get your free public shaming!!

@David

See Ohio for they have one of these in similar fashion to what you write of. Just have to be convicted of DUI five times or more to be a participant of it.

Five times?? That part is a bit different from S.O. Registry where one bad act comes with lifelong registration.

Why stop there? Use the same reasoning as applied to the sex offender registry en totem. Those on DUI registries should not be allowed within 1000 feet of any store, bar or any other location where alcohol is available, shall not reside within 1000 feet of any street, parking lot, or any other location where vehicles may congregate, may not watch sporting events or read magazines where alcohol or vehicles are advertised, and so on.

Strictly regulatory, of course.

Last edited 28 days ago by Dustin

Though I’m absolutely against registries in general, I welcome them to some measure because now there will be more people trying to find legal angles to attack and defeat them. More sufferers of government overreach means more eyes and brains working on fixing it.

Yup. And if one of them is taken down for any “civil rights” reasons, then all of them should be. Especially if it comes down based on empirical evidence.

@AJ

Then there should be brains already working on how to get former LE off the existing list I mentioned before which one can find on the internet. Hope they find a way sooner rather than later.

@TS:
The real interest and activity won’t happen until it’s Federal law. The big question is, will the police unions speak or will they sit on their hands?

@AJ

Good question. Donation cash talks for votes as well as words do in forums where the merits are being discussed. I hope they sing like birds to provide fodder.

I do not feel any registry is right. If you break the law you should serve your time and once you have served your time then be allowed to integrate to the best of your ability back into society. However, Police after all the years of immunity and protection by their Unions, co-workers and even the district attorneys office even after proven and then repeated misconduct need to be reformed. I’m just not sure this is the right approach to that reform. So we wait and see.

@Laura:
C’mon, everyone knows these LEOs can’t be cured…

When organizations like ACSOL are working hard to stamp out one registry for registrants but other new registries that pop up can and will harm ACSOL process. Registries are not right for any citizen. If any citizen has done something wrong but has changed with any registry it will be hard for any person to overcome what they once were. Even if they have changed themselves.

Police reform needs to begin with each individual police officer’s attitude, actual track record and performance review. Then remove the immunity police have been protected with all these years by their Unions, co-workers and even the DAs office and hold them accountable when they lie, blatantly break the law they are sworn to protect, falsify a report or even guilty of a traffic violation. Then find a new way to train new officers and don’t have the old train the new or it will be repeating the old ways of doing things. Then maybe we will see change….maybe.

I wonder if this will be law enforcement only registry.

Apparently it is intended for public consumption. The last paragraph in the article says “[t]he online portal is expected to be available to the public this fall.” I object to registries in general and have mixed feelings about this particular one. There is no evidence that a police registry will actually reduce the misconduct and may divert efforts away from effective measures. Most likely it will end up being a feel-good forum for retribution, harassment and vilification. Sound familiar?

Veritas.

I hope ACSOL is archiving all these statements by law enforcement and politicians. The amount of contradictions and hypocritical statements could fill a few boxes and would make for a nice video presentation at any hearing. Hold these idiots to the words they say.

Oh it will definitely be everything you said. And that’s good. That means when the police union gets it struck down for privacy or lack of empirically evidence to it’s affect, or whatever, that means the same would be applied to SO registry. I very much welcome this and any other new registry that politicians can come up with.

Most of us are against registry’s but the SOR is not going away anytime soon and not in most of our lifetime; until then the more the merrier bring them all on !!!

Last edited 28 days ago by Randy

Yes, indeed, Randy! That’s why I propose DUI Driver Registries. Their recidivism rates are hugely higher than S.O. recidivism rates and their offenses lead to innocent people being maimed and killed. So name ’em, shame ’em, special license plates, etc! Because every argument they make about “unfairness” applies just as much to the S.O. registries!

Will there be named operations targeting cops on the misconduct list? Can the public do the compliance checks and do citizens arrests if working in law enforcement?

only a matter of time before they re-offend because the non consequences for police misconduct has been frightening and high!!

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