Junior Butt Warmer
That's eight zeros, (only four zeroes less than a trillion).When cities settle cases of inappropriate or illegal force by police officers, they pay - a lot. Chicago alone has paid out more than half a billion dollars since 2004.
"We have one officer [in Minneapolis] who's had five significant settlements against him just in a year and a half,"
Gee, I wonder where the problem could be?Yet some advocates say all those payouts haven't had much of an effect on policing practices.
"I always equate police work to, like, basketball. If you're not getting any fouls, you're not playing hard enough," says Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis.
Quinn says the beneficial feedback that's supposed to happen after a lawsuit - when the officer is disciplined or gets a lecture - just isn't happening enough.
"I think the poor management and the lack of the supervision is what's leading to this stuff," he says. "The cops aren't being held accountable, the supervisors aren't holding them accountable, and we're going to continue to have this money being paid out."
That's why they're talking about requiring personal professional insurance, similar to malpractice insurance for a doctor. The agency / department would pay the base premium. The insurance company would assess additional premiums from the officer personally for increased lawsuit risk based on how many "fouls" they incur.Phil1979 said:Make it come from the source of the offense, and the offenses will stop or come to a trickle.
Then fire them and replace them with officers more concerned with truly serving their communities than serving their self interests and egos.As for making the problems stop, that seems to be a primary criticism of the idea. Opponents say incidents would stop because officers would stop doing their jobs because they wouldn't want to risk having to personally pay increased premiums.