I've always been a big fan of the police that serve and protect honest citizens from the predations of the criminal element among us. At times, though, it becomes difficult to continue to support and explain-away the actions of _some_ officers, actions which are invariably followed-up by whitewashing coverups that attempt to proclaim obvious un-premedicated manslaughter to some how be justified.
I thought Los Angeles police were the nation's worst when it comes to unjustified homicides and the criminal coverup which always follows -- pretend "internal investigations" are anything but investigative; they're secret discussions which take place designed to sell one police homicide after another to an increasingly gullible public -- however I just say that the Portland Police Department could very well top the LAPD as ranking the very worst.
Every now and then there's enough screaming from the powerless to prompt a police department to actually fire a incompetent quasi-murderer on their force, or to "punish" a killer by sending him off to some other town where the public hasn't heard his name yet. The problem is that actually holding police officers to account for their crimes is virtually impossible, and from what I observe of reports issued by the Portland Police in the aftermath of their seemingly endless series of outrageous shootings, I have to express amazement at the people of Portland for doing exactly nothing about the problem.
To be sure: The criminals are 1000 times worse than the cops, and one need only look at the police departments of other nations to see that the police infrastructure we have in the United States is a blessing; Americans are extremely privileged to have a police force where 99.999% of the force are good cops doing a damn difficult job. At the same time I look at news reports coming out of Portland and have got to wonder whether there's something seriously wrong with hiring or training practices there which could conveivably account for such stark differences in how safe and sane police works in the rest of the nation.
Much has been said about the inability to acquire mandatory drug testing of police officers and it seems to me that any police officer who fights such efforts does not have the safety and welfare of the public in mind. If Portland were to lawfully enact requirements that police be tested for steroid use, doing so would at least alleviate the overwhelming suspicion that steroidal behavioral modification is one likely reason for police behavior.
A far greater threat than trigger happy police officers hopped up on dope, however, are the internal "investigative" agencies which rubber stamp every "accidental" homicide and quasi "murder" that comes across their ass-covering "review board" -- or whatever euphemistically-named whitewashing cover-up group they call themselves. If there was any actual oversight or any actual citizens commission which actually investigated unjustifiable shootings, and if there were any actual criminal charges filed against the shooter in such cases where guilt is factually determined, we'd see a greater level of respect for the brave, honest, and overwhelmingly-in-the-majority good police officers rise to the levels they should be.
My oldest sopn has been interested in law enforcment work and it's something I don't encourage solely because such work is extremely dangerous. I spend numerous hours each week volunteering in the Angeles National Forest and virtually every week I confront angry and dangerous individuals -- who are often drunk -- who set fires in the National Forest. I rely upon my good working relationship with the Sheriff Officers to handle such fire bugs and poachers as I come across who exhibit behavior that's too dangerous for me to handle.
But one of the other reasons why I don't encourage my son to get involved in police work is the taint of a few bad police officers. I don't want my son being considered in a bigoted opinion derived from the outrageous excesses of an extreme minority of officers.
So I ask you: What's wrong with Portland's police? Why are they standing out head and shoulders above even the abuses of the Los Angeles Police Department? I'd bet that %99.9999 of the officers in Portland are good, courageous, quality cops -- what's the problem with the rest?
My admittedly uninformed opinions only and only my opinions.