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BRAVO...

to Tony Madrigal and Tim Fitzmaurice for their clear-headed thinking on this issue. When confronted with clear evidence of police duplicity on the current "internal investigation", they decided that it was time to get to the bottom of things and shed some light on the dark places.

Is asking for an independent investigation "anti-police"? Absolutely not. I have started to listen to Bad Cop, No Donut on Free Radio Santa Cruz, which airs on Thursdays from 1:00 - 1:30. Despite the inflammatory title, this show is an informative, fact-based show which simply reports police misconduct throughout Canada and the U.S. I am astounded by the amount and frequency of these reports. There are so many instances that he manages to fill up the entire commercial-free half-hour with reports of police misconduct alone.

That tells me two things. First, police misconduct is chronic and widespead. Second, if these police are getting caught and prosecuted, then that means there are other good officers who are working to fight corruption. If we are going to give people guns and tell them to protect us, I want the latter folks working for me. We as citizens have a responsibility to support those honest police who are working to fight corruption from within.

I extend the invitation to any police officer who would like to come forward anonymously in this forum to provide information that might help stem corruption, including the abuse of police power resulting in the infringement of citizens' first amendment rights.

The City Council needs an independent investigation so that an open process can occur. They need to support the honest, hardworking police officers who want to an open dialogue with the public and put these suspicions to rest.

After all, if you have nothing to hide, why wouldn't you want to support an independent investigation?
 


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