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Letter: Police do have an ‘us versus them’ attitude

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Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 12:00 am

Glen Dais hit the nail on the head in his Letter to the Editor, “We need better-trained professional police forces across the nation,” Feb. 6. The police do have an “us versus them” attitude. When I attended a police training course, an instructor, a veteran detective, began the class by establishing the ground rules and telling us that civilians are all a*******.

I commend the News-Sentinel for its continued reporting on this case. Although the articles are straightforward facts and not explicitly critical of police, you can read between the lines. For example, the investigation is run by fellow police. It is common knowledge that the police will not tell on each other.

A further example: I attended a college police training class. The instructor was incompetent. I wrote a letter to the administration about it. I found myself being investigated by the police officer with oversight on the program! As an aspiring police officer, I was expected to keep it all in-house. The rule, don’t snitch on a fellow officer, is being taught and enforced at the student level.

As to further evidence of bias in the investigation, the News-Sentinel reports that one of the agencies responsible for the investigation is the Lodi city attorney. Why, you might ask, since the city attorney has no particular competence in the area of police conduct? Answer: The City of Lodi has a serious bias against a finding of liability of its officers, which will cost the city a lot of money. How neutral will the city be as a player in the investigation?

Ed Brooks

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1 comment:

  • trista aquino posted at 11:57 am on Sun, Feb 16, 2014.

    trista aquino Posts: 119

    Yes the ones here in Lodi have that attitude for sure. Not only that but they act like their authority makes them above the law- matter of fact just the other night I was getting ready to cross an intersection when a cop sped right in front of me, running an obvious red light, he went straight then made a u-turn and came back, running the same red light but no longer speeding. No lights or sirens, no "hey sorry for almost running you over" nothing.
    A few years back we had a scanner for a little while and listened to them talk about a guy they wanted to arrest over by Central but so far they didn't have a reason to. This went on for a good minute and then an officer comes on telling the others to keep watching him and if they see him walking thru somebody's yard they can get him for prowling. Ugh Dirty!!!

     

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