What kind of avoidable though?
“It is apparent that, at best, some of those incidents could have had a better outcome if the officer had employed different tactics. At worst, some of these incidents constitute prosecutable excessive force,” wrote Jonathan Smith, a Justice Department official.
So in other words they ran home to use of force because they could. It ends up that at least half of the incidents investigated were all for some form of “contempt of cop”. It appears that the city of Harvey Illinois firmly believes that their officers should behave like Eric Cartman. The biggest lesson in this though is that usually corruption like this is systemic and spreads through all areas of the department.
So as usual, they protected their own. Still trust the our fearless overlords? There’s a reason they’re fearless, it’s called qualified immunity.
State Sponsored Criminal Count 299: The Whole Harvey Police Department (If you don’t want to police your own, you’re culpable.)
Because being a cop means everyone must respect your authoritah, even the little kid you want to abuse.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.