Tracking Police Misconduct

Cato is out with a new website that reports on police misconduct.

Example:

7 Clarkstown NY cops subject of suit by man claiming they beat him on video during a false arrest at a bar [3] http://lohud.us/HwzzpY

Here’s the FAQs on what the project is about and why they’re doing it. Simply put, they’re doing it because nobody else is.

Of course, it is from Cato.   And apparently that’s created a bit of a blogosphere dust-up, as we all know that inside a libertarian is a Republican dying to get out.    For those interested in that see Radley Balko.

8 Responses

  1. I love the last question on the FAQ: Why do you hate cops?

    Their answer is spot-on, from what I’ve been told by cops. Like everything in life, it takes only a few bad apples to spoil the (perception) of the whole barrel. That answer is also the root of why police agencies hate being placed in the position of immigration control.

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  2. ACLU tracks and reports police misconduct, as well.

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  3. Michi — thanks for including the often forgot second half of that saying. I constantly hear “a few bad apples” without the important part “spoils the bunch.”

    One rotten apple does spoil the whole barrel, Remove it quickly, or all will be rotten to the core.

    This is fascinating (to me anyway) — about how the phrase has changed to point the finger at individuals or that an incident was isolated in nature.

    you see this all the time …. “it was only a few bad apples.” yeah … which is why your organization is rotten to the core. complete 180 on the original meaning, which made the point that when sealed in the barrel a “bad apple” cause all the others to rot.

    http://www.npr.org/2011/05/09/136017612/bad-apple-proverbs-theres-one-in-every-bunch

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  4. Sightly related: Continuity You Can Believe In.

    “John Brennan’s new power
    President Obama’s counter-terrorism chief has “seized the lead” in secretly determining who will die by US drone
    By Glenn Greenwald
    Tuesday, May 22, 2012 08:34 AM EDT”

    http://www.salon.com/2012/05/22/john_brennans_new_power/singleton/

    I like Greenwald’s turn of phrase in “Death Czar”.

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  5. You’re welcome, NoVA! 🙂

    On a related note, did you happen to hear this Talk of the Nation episode last week about New York’s “stop and frisk” policy?

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  6. I’ve seen some coverage of the NYC stop and frisk — but didn’t hear talk of the nation.
    have to add it to the list.

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  7. jnc:

    I like Greenwald’s turn of phrase in “Death Czar”.

    It rolls off the tongue better than “Extrajudicial Assassination Czar.”

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