Toronto, CA — It has become common knowledge that police typically get away with whatever they want as long as they are in uniform, and to make matters worse, they are usually rewarded for it as well. When an officer attacks an innocent person or is suspected of corruption on the job, they are usually rewarded with a paid vacation.
In some circumstances, when police are on paid suspensions for long periods of time, they can end up receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in paychecks.
According to National Post, Durham Regional Police officer, Glen Turpin, has earned more than $600,000 since he was suspended in 2008 for assault and excessive force. Despite the fact that the officer has been found guilty of numerous crimes, he still continues to collect a paycheck from the police department.
Turpin was convicted on both charges and given two years probation and 120 hours of community service. Lawyers are currently deciding on whether or not he should keep his job, but the cases have been going on for years, and Turpin even admitted guilt. He has even moved on and secured other jobs, but he is still collecting his check as a cop.
This officer’s situation is not unique. Although his case may be slightly more extreme than others, it is particularly rare for an officer, both in the US and Canada, to be suspended without pay.
In the vast majority of cases, regardless of what the officer is accused of, they are typically suspended with pay. When police are literally rewarded for assaulting people, it should be no surprise that police become more violent with each passing day.
John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter-culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work, he organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.