There’s a peculiar kind of deviousness in the course of wrongdoing that is characteristic of law enforcement. It’s a deviousness mixed with brazenness. It has to do with, well, I don’t know exactly.
But here, as chronicled by Jonathan Turley, is the case of a supervising cop who starts an affair with the wife of a subordinate cop and then trumps up child molestation charges against the subordinate cop with the subordinate cop’s wife.
And the subordinate cop goes to prison for 20 years.
Somehow nobody in the department, none of the prosecutors, judges, or for that matter at least one defense lawyer seems to balk at the charges given the stunning and brazen impropriety of it all. As Turley notes:
I am also curious how this supervisor could live with this person and not have a single officer raise the obvious ethical concern with the department.
“Curious” is one way to put it. But the absence of any inquiry or complaint on this point by an entire law enforcement/justice system establishment dovetails perfectly with apparently unselfconscious willingness of the supervisor to do what he did in the first place.
If I do it, it’s not wrong. That kind of thing.
Whatever is in the koolaid some law enforcement officials are drinking, the result sometimes looks like an epidemic of the abuse of power.
There’s nothing more dangerous than a bad cop.