Monday, February 19, 2007

Breakin the Law

Lee and Teresa Sipple are quite distraught at the number of speeders going through their neighborhood. Apparently unsatisfied with any law enforcement recourse taken, they decided to invest in video and radar equipment to catch those speeders and turn their evidence over to the police. It just so happens that one of the offenders they caught was Officer Richard Perrone of the Kennesaw Police Department. Officer Perrone has retaliated by filing stalking charges against the couple. To be fair, "the Sipples have e-mailed Perrone several times in regard to the matter" so legitimate stalking may have taken place. However, the massive PR black eye Perrone has taken over the issue has led him to drop the stalking charges. What a nice guy. No word on whether or not he was ticketed for speeding.

I rather dislike police corruption. Even when it's something small like disobeying traffic laws that they darn well should be following when their lights are off or lying about how often they patrol my neighborhood at night (I have video evidence of that one), we need a method watching the watchmen that's not run by said watchmen. Police provide a valuable service to our society but they need to be following the same laws they are enforcing. If they're not, they need to be called out on it and action needs to be taken. Of course we do need to refrain from stalking when taking that action.


Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

First of all, thanks for keeping up posting whilst I was away on the streets of New Orleans. This whole "Mardi Gras" thing is actually a much bigger deal than the PR would like outsiders to believe. I will share some of the stories later....

To the topic of the post at hand, 'vigilance is the price of freedom.' Police officers are human beings too, and while we may want to think they are all moral pillars worthy of the badge, sometimes we are disappointed. This is why police wrongdoing charges and proceedings do the worst when it comes to ripping apart communities. Then everyone gets a taste of WEB DuBois' theory of dualism: we want to support our loyal and hardworking police, but we can't abide the corrupt or incompetent or malicious individuals who wear the badge.

I can't stand police misbehavior for a very personal reason: every officer of the law who behaves badly makes life on the beat more difficult for those officers who embody the best traits associated with the badge. The more difficult life is on the beat, the more likely good cops are to get maligned, injured or killed, and it becomes harder to enforce the rule of law everywhere if the enforcers are suspect themselves.

Since I have family and friends behind the thin blue line, the more dangerous life on the beat becomes, the more at risk people I know are.

patsbrother said...

Pat: we have cops in the family? Are you serious?

Who knew?

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

No, kiddo, we don't have cops in the 'family and friends' category. We have people who carried badges and guns to work, who arrested suspects and who investigated crimes, then taught other people who carried badges and guns to work how to arrest suspects and investigate crimes.

But no cops to speak of.

[ / semantic perfection required by Law Review editors...]

patsbrother said...

Well, if you want me to be snippy, then I must point out that I am not on the Law Review. I am on a Journal.