Police Accountability & Professionalism

No one should be mistreated or abused, falsely accused or be a victim of police brutality. It should not matter how poor you are or what color you are or what group or “gang” you are in or whether you were born in the U.S. or whether you are an immigrant – all should be treated with respect, all should be treated fairly, and all should be afforded equal protection of the law. Nothing less is acceptable.

No city or community can be truly great unless it upholds these basic principles. It is recognized that any police department or any organization will commit errors and make mistakes. But police departments in particular should have a sound system of public oversight so that mistakes and errors are quickly corrected.

Unfortunately, in this nation today especially in urban areas, our police force has never been afforded a truly workable civilian oversight process. Consequently, over the years, Police Department across the board developed and sustained a well-entrenched culture of corruption and double standards. By culture of corruption and double standards, I do not mean simply one or two corrupt people. Rather, what has emerged is a deeply entrenched way of life and systematic abuse of officers of the law against its very own citizens it sworn to “serve and protect”. It also manifests to the integrity of the officers who follow the code and respect for the color of the law.

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There exists a system of corruption and double standards within our law enforcement communities. This has been reflected on a daily occurrence by thousands of officers across the nation as an acceptable for of behavior and condoned by superiors.

These superiors and council members appear to be unfit for duty due to their extent of the culture of corruption and double standards. They neither want to be accountable nor responsible for their actions of the actions of others.

Police Departments and certain officers sworn to uphold has been instrumental in maintaining social order, just as any law enforcement agency across this great nation. However, historically there is evidence to a lack of fairness, and double standards relating to enforcement or non-enforcement actions. The contrasts of police action, between the affluent and the poor, the White and the minority, the passive and the vocal, are astounding and well documented.

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The victims of these double standards and lack of professionalism are usually the poor, disenfranchised, minority persons, or anyone who seeks to question the actions of the police. Those that merely question police actions are targeted most often when no crime has been committed.

We need professionalism, accountability and oversight to regain trust. If a crime is committed by an officer of the law, they must be indicted, prosecuted and sentenced to the statutes imposed by law like any other citizen. They do not rise above the law. This change will not come from city administrators, but must come from the citizens.

Many of our leaders must become compliant to the political wheel or the problem will continue to worsen. Administrators use intimidation, retaliation and altered investigations against those citizens who speak out. These tactics can only be successful if the citizenry tolerate and condone such. Only a mass movement, an organized public push, will be strong enough to change the stubborn culture of corruption and double standards.

Why is the United States the Police Department for the World?

Why is it incumbent for us to intervene in almost every conflict and put our troops in harm’s way? With the ever escalating fiscal crisis in our country and our own domestic conflicts to fight here with our oversight committees in Washington, there appears to be hundreds of oversights to be accountable right here.

The United States is simply not the emergency police service of the world when another country pushes the buttons for 911 as no other country dialed in on 9-11 in New York. Our interests are served just fine enough with diplomacy, not military might. We have the Department of Defense, not the Department of War nor the Department of 9-11 Crisis.

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Our past Presidents has thrown us into Wars that is not our fight but into a conflict that is simply a civil war and unrest between rival nations and not a war with the United States. Obama was a President voted into office because of his views in part to his approach to the use of armed forces so Americans chose a candidate who has opposed Bush’s was in Iraq and bring U.S. commitments back in line where the Norwegian Nobel Committee thought so to all too soon. However, as we saw all, Hussein was the only Muslim and President in history who bowed to an Arab Sheik which is a sign of weakness. This set an epitome.

If we are stockpiling weapons, why are we handing billions of dollars of weaponry to countries that are inevitably used against our troops? War does have its place when it is justified as in War War II. We must be serving the American people, not the Arab world or the Islamic state.

We are the problem. We have allowed our government to make decisions that is not in the best interests of the American people. I always believe till today, that the government are elected officials who are public servants to serve and preserve liberty and freedom and the American taxpayer. Here and not abroad.

History have proven that approximately 6,000 U.S. troops were Killed in action and immeasurable were wounded. Almost the same committed suicide upon their return. In the Iraq conflict, almost 7,000 U.S. troops were killed and the much higher number in military contractors and more wounded. The cost to the United States was about 2 TRILLION dollars.

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We need to reign in establish a multi-disciplinary approach to tax and fiscal analysis and the utility of government in America that is fully transparent. We must demand and wipe away the obscurity of the government’s ability to enhance the quality of life to compliment the prosperity of our society at large and not the political machine. I believe that our government has set an example of a greedy corrupt mechanism of a new world order.

We no longer require rhetoric, we should thirst for a directive action that is in the best interests of the American public and no one else. The public needs to take back our country and know if our leadership is working in the best interests of our nation and not ‘special interests’ hell bent on greed. They can be terminated just like any hard-working American. We need to reign in politicians who spend our money lavishly because they believe in entitlement. The only entitlement they deserve is what we are entitled to; a reasonable pay check, accountable to pay their child support, taxes, be arrested for their crimes and removed from office like any other citizen. No one is above the law.

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We need to clean house. Lower unemployment and crime. Give jobs to the citizens of this country and not outsource to third world toilets. Our military can fill positions to watch our borders, fill law enforcement positions and create other agencies to deport all illegal aliens, tighten, enhance and provide proper law enforcement training who are in positions to also ‘serve and protect’ and not beat and menace.

I remember when my parents, grandparents came to this country, it was not a right and a privilege. You had to earn your right to enter this country thru Ellis Island. Today, most people if not all believe in the opposite with their hands out and our government obliges handing them food stamps, housing, and education on our dime. What has happened?

There is so many important changes that needs to be addressed and all of us have a voice. Why are so many mute and afraid to speak? God, gave you a voice. Cowards hide in the shadows, Bystanders stand with the ignorant and are the catalyst for failure. What is important to you?

The Atrocities of the Catholic Church

Most think and believe in recent years hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals have come forward claiming sexual abuse from priests in the Roman Catholic Church. That is valid. However, history for these crimes dates back much further with abuses from the Catholic church.

Numerous “pedophile priests” have been identified. Sadly, rather than defrocking the priests (removing from the priesthood), the Catholic Church has in most instances attempted to cover up the sexual abuse by transferring the offending priest(s) to different parishes or ‘re-locating’ them. In the spectrum of the law, aiding and abetting these crimes, is a crime in itself.

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The scandal and attempted cover-up continues to ever expand which reaching the papacy wants you to believe is current but this at The Vatican has been a cover-up for some time and a shared secret.

The Vatican faced blistering criticism from a United Nations committee recently over allegations it protected pedophile priests at the expense of victims in what constituted a worldwide sex abuse scandal.

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It now appears with the over surmounting pressure from the UN and sub-committees that given the zero tolerance policy of the Vatican do we hear the Pope taking a stance.

Will we start to see methods to protect our children from sexual abuse? Will there be accountability? Should priests by treated any differently than other criminal offenders and will anyone from the Catholic church be brought to justice for their SINS? Better pray….your child could be next.

Commercial Bail Bonding

Why commercial Bail & Bounty Hunters play a vital role in the criminal justice system.

 – High Risk Fugitive Apprehension, Child Recovery Expert, Law Enforcement Trainer, Security Consultant, Speaker, Author

This is my take on the article written by Bruce Murphy for Urban Milwaukee. Link listed below.

Murphy’s Law: Bail Bond Bill Will Create Debtor’s Prisons urbanmilwaukee.com

Every research study ever done on pretrial release has shown that commercial bail bonding is the MOST effective form of release.

Defendants that arraigned on bail are based upon the severity on the crime(s) they commit and therefore the comment made that people are languishing away in jail because they cant afford a bail bond is absolutely false. This author needs to be schooled. With bail bonds as we know you only need to post 10% of the bond amount to get out of jail for 10% as opposed to having to pay the whole amount.

The author either seems to gloss over this fact or deliberately ignores it. The bottom line is a bail bond is an insurance policy. Just like any other insurance policy you pay a premium to the insurance agent for that coverage. If you drive a car and don’t have an accident or ticket, does your insurance company refund your premium? Of course not. What a commercial bail bond does is “GUARANTEE” that the defendant shows up for court. If they don’t the bail agent goes and gets them. If they don’t get them, they not the government or the taxpayer pay the full amount to the court.

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When someone is let out through the current system in Wisconsin or Oregon for example, nobody goes and gets them, a warrant is issued and it becomes law enforcement’s job (at taxpayer’s dollar). Most times they are not picked up until they commit another offense and that can be a violent crime like rape or murder. Explain that to the victim of family member about pre-trial release and that they were release because they could not come up with $50.00!Also, if commercial bail is the cause of jail overcrowding than explain why Wisconsin jails are dealing with an overcrowding problem if there is currently no commercial bail allowed.

Here is a link to a story on the ACLU’s website about this problem (http://aclu-wi.org/story/more-money-prison-overcrowding-human-rights-crisis). The author’s [photo is at the end of the article. My response is noted below the end of the article. Remember…no commercial bail in Wisconsin and there is overcrowding. Interesting huh?

Also, in Wisconsin according to this welcome sign, the government wants their citizens to protect crime within their state and promote vigilantism in lieu of public safety. It seems that the shoot first posture applies to this state whether or not their citizens have been properly trained in any fashion at all in police procedure to determine if a crime is being committed and when to use the act of deadly force. “Acts of Criminal Violence” does not necessitate deadly force and will land your citizen is the can or 6 feet under. Where does it say that in the sign? Also, I believe the last time I checked and the first time I learned this in first grade and that Chicago and Illinois are pretty much one and the same.

I believe this exemplifies a clear message why I guess why their platform of bail is not required and their stance that commercial bail creates overcrowded and their solution to it by arming as many of their citizens.  Beware great citizens of Wisconsin that as a Law Enforcement and Security trainer, career criminals are great shots and have killed many trained police officers and federal agents.  I hope that when it comes down to the use of deadly force and your life or your children is on the line, that you are a better and more accurate shooter then a hardened criminal especially one who is on your pre-trial release program.

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In regards to the statement that commercial bail costs the state money…really? How is that math being done? The current system requires tax dollars and lots of them. People have to come up with the full amount of bail (harder to do than just 10%) and sit in jail longer all on the taxpayers dime. With commercial bail, people are released quicker because they only have to come up with 10%. The insurance companies that back each bail bond pay a premium tax to the local jurisdiction (in California that premium tax amount topped $12 Million), and when they don’t perform, bail agents pay the full amount of the bond to the court. Explain to me where the cost is for the county. There is no cost. In fact, bail actually generates revenue. Additionally, in a recent study out of the University of Texas at Dallas, a researcher determined the cost of a failure to appear (when someone does not show up for court). Based on that amount (a little over $1,700 per defendant) the commercial bail industry saved Dallas County over $11 Million. Does that sound like an industry that costs the local jurisdictions money…hardly.

And now something that we can all agree is important, public safety. When people are released on a commercial bail bond, they are being watched and monitored by several people who all have skin in the game. The bail agent has put up his money and promise to the court (along with the insurance company). The family has put up financial assets to secure the defendants release. What this does is create a circle of influence around each defendant that both ensures they show up for court and in the process stay out of trouble. Financially secured release has been proven time and time again but every research study ever done to be the most effective form of release.

Why are Republicans pushing a bill opposed almost unanimously by criminal justice professionals?

  • Scott Bernstein

    High Risk Fugitive Apprehension, Child Recovery Expert, Law Enforcement Trainer, Security Consultant, Speaker, Author

    Wisconsin is not alone in its thinking. Currently, Oregon is also contemplating the return of commercial bail. Why? Because it works. Without someone monitoring defendants with skin in the game…without defendant’s knowing that someone will come after them if they don’t show up for court…without family members tied emotionally and financially to the performance of a defendant…there is NO ACCOUNTABILITY in the system. And without accountability, the system fails. People need to stop believing what they see on television and in the movies. The commercial bail industry is vital to the criminal justice system. In recent surveys among judges, sheriffs and court administrators across the country, it was found that all of the groups (over 90% in every case) believed that commercial bail played an important role in the criminal justice system.

    Next time there is a story put out about they commercial bail bond industry returning to Wisconsin, it would be good to hear both sides of the story. Once the facts are shared, the decision is pretty simple. That would be great journalism.

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SHOOTINGS IN AMERICA – CARNAGE

Mass Shootings in America and Innocent Lives Lost. Why are they on the rise? With Newtown behind us, and others just tailing that horrific event, we know have in this past week, 12 navy yard workers killed and eight others injured. Right after that in Chicago, home of Barry aka Barack Obama, 3 were killed and 23 wounded 3 days ago followed d up 2 other shootings leaving 4 dead and others wounded including children . Chicago police were pleased to announce that their homicide rate was down 21% form 389 dead last year to only 305 this year so far. Well, I guess that is something to be proud of. That is just over 1 dead per day.

With the ever tightening of gun regulations and the shredding on the 2nd amendment, prolonged waiting times, detailed background checks, what is being missed and violated? Do criminal offenders wait around for the aforementioned and even fill out a basic application? The ones who went on rampages have not.

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Some say that if putting guns in civilians hands to deter violence is that civilian shooters are less likely to hit their targets than police in these circumstances.” A chaotic scene in August at the Empire State Building put this starkly into perspective when New York City police officers trained in counter-terrorism confronted a gunman and wounded nine innocent bystanders in the process. I know for a fact, that the best trained marksman in the world are not law enforcement but professional civilians. In a certain sense the law was on their side: nearly 80 percent of the killers in our investigation obtained their weapons legally. Some will argue that there is no evidence indicating that arming Americans further will help prevent mass shootings or reduce the carnage in this country but without allowing the use of arms and protecting our 2nd amendment rights, are we just lying down and waiting to be slaughtered?

 

Are you letting the government decide your fate or take away your god given right of your choice to live or to die? Your right to defend yourself, your property or more importantly your family. There is a set of classification; a mass murderer is someone who kills four or more people in a single incident, usually in one location. (As opposed to spree or serial killers, who strike multiple times.) You can exclude cases involving armed robberies or gang violence; which drop the number of fatalities by just one, or including those motives, would add many, many more cases. While access to weapons is a crucial consideration for stemming the violence, stricter gun laws are no silver bullet.

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To me, the key factor is mental illness. A major New York Times investigation in 2000 examined 100 shooting rampages and found that at least half of the killers showed signs of serious mental health problems. Data reveals that the majority of mass shootings are murder-suicides: about half of shooters kill themselves. Others may have committed “suicide by cop”— in which what I found seven died in police shootouts. Mental illness among the killers is no surprise, ranging from paranoid schizophrenia to suicidal depression. But while some states have improved their sharing of mental health records with federal authorities, millions of records reportedly are still missing from the FBI’s database for criminal background checks. If the government really wants to curb gun violence in this country, they first need a strong wake-up call and understand that mass shootings need to be scrutinized as a public health emergency so that policy makers can better focus on controlling the epidemic of violence. It would be no different than if there were an outbreak of Ebola virus. As I always have stated. Guns do not kill people, people kill people and they are generally not of sound mind.

“Memories are hard to forget. Caring for someone is hard to regret. Losing someone is hard to accept but even with all the hurt I’ve felt letting go and moving on is the most painful yet.”