Re: This is Why More Police Department Transparency is Needed
I would also guess that very, very few incidents of malpractice are so outrageous that they warrant revoking a medical license and ending a career. The patients who suffered and their loved ones would probably disagree. But, experienced doctors, who can objectively understand the totality of a given situation, are in a better position to determine if other remedies are more appropriate. I would say the same is true for lawyers or any other profession. I’m think I’m a pretty smart guy, think I have good judgment, and think I am fair, attentive, and objective. Nonetheless, I do NOT think I am qualified to sit in judgment of decisions made by a doctor made during a stressful and quickly unfolding trauma care ER.
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And, I ask you, are any of the “members drawn from the general public” in your state an admitted gang member and convicted felon drug dealer? Cuz, that’s what’s on the police review board in the city of Oakland. Do any of the members of your board have a clear, publicly admitted agenda against your profession (including a strong financial motivation to perpetuate a public distrust of your profession) and were placed on the board by pandering politicians to provide “unbiased” and “impartial” input? Cuz, that’s the experience across the county for cops subject to civilian review boards. Who selects the members of your board and what qualifications do they have? Would the guy who leads the local “sovereign citizen” movement, or anyone else with a history of distorted and/or exaggerated vilification of the legal profession, be welcomed on the board by the members of your profession because of the “unbiased objectivity” he would provide? I think not.
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Further, from a practical standpoint, there is a very real difference when discussing this topic as it relates to police as opposed to lawyers, doctors, or IRS accountants. The amount of hyperbole, distortion, exaggeration, and mis/uninformed hysteria as it relates to police conduct does not even compare. When was the last time an act of misconduct by a lawyer (where actual misconduct was actually proven, let alone a mere accusation) inspired someone who was not even involved to seek violence against that lawyer, the firm he/she worked for, or just some random other lawyer working halfway across the country? When was the last time there were protests with people with bullhorns shouting “What do we want? DEAD LAWYERS! When do we want it? NOW!”? (While, all the while, lawyers were blocking traffic, placing themselves between the protesters and those who opposed them, and otherwise working to ensure the safety and rights of those shouting for their murder – just sayin’) When was the last time a lawyer had to worry about the safety of his/her family because some nutjob decided to post his/her home address, along with pictures of his/her family, on the internet because of an act of misconduct (again, even a PROVEN act of actual misconduct, let alone a sensationalized but false accusation) that was made public? Actual events have shown that the stakes are a bit different.
Behind the badge is a person. Behind the person is an ego. This is as it should be, person at the center and ego to the back.