New York, NY -- Police in the US beat their wives and girlfriends at nearly double the national average. A new report by a government-appointed watchdog group shows that police in New York do so with seeming impunity.
In 1995, the Commission to Combat Police Corruption (CCPC) was established by Mayoral Executive Order No. 18. Since then, the CCPC has issued 16 reports along with their recommendations on how to fix the corruption.
However, it seems that these recommendations have fallen on deaf ears.
The latest of recommendations come on the heels of a startling report which shows that NYPD cops are rarely held accountable for violence against their spouses. Many officers are found guilty of assault but remain on the job.
The Commission has reviewed a total of 468 domestic violence cases over the last six Annual Reports. The prevalence of these types of incidents suggests that the Department should establish clear guidelines for the adjudication of disciplinary cases for Sixteenth Annual Report 52 acts involving physical violence in a domestic situation where the subject officer is believed to be the primary aggressor. In researching this issue, the Commission reviewed a model policy developed by IACP for addressing officers involved in domestic violence incidents. This policy advocates the termination of any member of the service who is found guilty of an act of domestic violence, after either a criminal or administrative proceeding. It also recommends that police departments comply with federal law that prohibits anyone convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence crime from possessing firearms.
After reading the above recommendation, it sounds rational that if a cop got caught beating or abusing his spouse, they would immediately be fired, right? Wrong.
Listed in the report are multiple incidents of officers who were convicted of a crime and never fired. According to the CCPC investigation, one officer was visiting his wife out of state when the two got into a heated argument. The officer then grabbed a knife and held it to his wife's neck as he strangled her. She was strangled to the point of losing consciousness. According to the report:
His wife was taken to the hospital where she was diagnosed with injuries consistent with strangulation. The subject officer was arrested by local law enforcement and charged with Strangulation, a felony offense.
The attacking officer then did what so many police officers do after they initiate unprovoked violence against someone, he claimed that he acted in self-defense -- against his unarmed wife whom he had strangled with a knife to her throat.
The officer then pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of domestic assault and battery. He received a 12-month sentence, 11 of which were suspended. After a brief 32-day suspension, this man who nearly killed his wife, returned to work as a cop.
Meanwhile, if a young man growing up in the Bronx is caught with 8 ounces of a plant, he is sentenced to 18 months in jail and forever labeled as a felon, making it impossible for him to get a decent job for the rest of his life!
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The below chart shows the breakdown of the 860 cases reviewed by the CCPC and how many officers were found to be guilty of an offense. Of the 860 case, the majority of the officers were found guilty or admitted guilt.
However, when the CCPC broke down the penalties for these guilty officers, they found only a small fraction of these officers to have been fired. The majority of them received paid vacations.
This insultingly low number of terminations shows just how strong the thin blue line of protection actually is.
According to the NY Post, police officials wouldn’t say whether they’ve incorporated the commission’s recommendations into departmental policy.
The fact is that studies show police officers beat their spouses at twice the national rate and seldom face any consequences.
A study conducted by the Domestic Violence Task Force called Domestic Violence in the Los Angeles Police Department: How Well Does the Los Angeles Police Department Police Its Own? revealed that performance evaluations of cops with a history of domestic violence are largely unaffected. The study of the LAPD examined 91 cases in which an allegation of domestic violence was sustained against an officer.
- Over three-fourths of the time, this sustained allegation was not mentioned in the officer’s performance evaluation.
- Twenty-six of these officers (29%) were promoted, including six who were promoted within two years of the incident.
The report concluded “employees with sustained allegations were neither barred from moving to desired positions nor transferred out of assignments that were inconsistent with the sustained allegation.”
Meanwhile, if a cop posts a picture of himself with underwear he bought at Walmart two weeks ago, he is fired. Precedent set. Beat women, harass innocent teens, even kill people, and you can stay a cop. Embarrass those on the other side of the blue line, however, and you are gone. Welcome to the American 'Justice' System.