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Wed Dec 10, 2014, 11:06 AM

Professor: Cops are getting the benefit of the doubt

Bowling Green State University Professor Phil Stinson, a former cop himself, has been trying to determine just how many people are killed by police, how many of those killings are determined to be crimes.

However, it’s not easy. The data he admits is not perfect, the reporting scant, law enforcement agencies, he says, sometimes don’t cooperate and respond honestly to surveys; but according to Stinson, in 2,718 cases involving police shootings from 2005 to 2011, just 41 sworn officers were ever charged with manslaughter or murder.

What’s more he says, is that in ten years of data on sworn officers involved in any kind of misconduct, on the job or off. Officers charged with crimes ranging from theft to murder are 33 percent less-likely to be found guilty, than the general public.

Prof. Stinson said, “They’re treated differently, and the people who have to make the decisions, either the charging decision in terms of returning an indictment or ultimately determining guilt in a criminal case. They’re just reluctant to do so.”

Nowhere is that more evident than Albuquerque. Municipal statistics since 2010 show the city has an officer-involved shooting rate twice that of Chicago, eight times that of New York, yet not a single Albuquerque police officer has even been charged, let alone convicted of using excessive force in the last 30 years."

Video at link: http://wwlp.com/2014/12/09/professor-cops-are-getting-the-benefit-of-the-doubt/

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Wed Dec 10, 2014, 11:21 AM

1. "Benefit of the doubt"? Wow, the police have been getting a hell of a lot more than

the "benefit of the doubt". They have been openly allowed to murder and otherwise brutalize anyone they chose to abuse with full immunity from any punishment.

If the grand jury's are just going to continue giving the murderous police people total immunity, we might has well change the law to state that police people have the right to kill or maim anyone they so chose. That would also give them the authority to kill anyone's pet at anytime or anywhere. By making murder legal for the police, the American People would know full well that they have NO
civil rights with regard to police actions.

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