Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Police Accountability | Commentary By John Oliver
For our local viewers in Aurora, Illinois, you already know the Aurora Police Department is currently led by Kristen Ziman, a corrupt, dishonest, drunk, slut who entered the police force by nepotism, rose through the ranks by having sex with cops and became chief by cooperating with the political mafia that has funneled money back to her household.
She's just one of the "bad apples" in Aurora. There are many more, including corrupt cop Chris Tunney.
Yes, there are a few "good apples" as well, but they are mostly silent or afraid to speak up.
Even the $164 million Aurora Police Palace was built with corruption and massive crimes against taxpayers.
From Ferguson to Baltimore, Charlotte to Los Angeles, thanks to the smartphone, we are finally seeing just how many bad apples have existed all along.
Police accountability is rare. Prosecutors and judges have conflicts-of-interest and we have very little data on the full extent of the problem.
Since San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick's protest, there have been many more shootings, killings and acts of misconduct by police.
Those are just the high-profile incidents, not the thousands of misdemeanors or low-profile cases that involve false arrests, false statements, false police reports, malicious prosecutions, biased juries or wrongful convictions.
Body cameras are just one of many ways to address police accountability, identify both good and bad cops, but in Aurora, there are no body cameras...intentionally.
Police accountability will only be possible when people force police to change.
In the meantime, if you run into a police officer, ask them if you are free to go.