The Serpico NYPD corruption, narcotics, and bribery case says a lot about how policing really works. It is about protecting government interests, revenue collecting, and scams officers are in involved in. It is who you know.
In Stafford Springs, Connecticut, officers threatened and ran a man out of downtown who owned a pizza parlor. He had parents from Pakistan. The pizza owner had darker skin. Officers thought they had first dibs on White single women and ran him out of town for having them in the apartment about the pizza parlor.
I wrote to Bush 9-15-01 about being under siege in my rental properties. Officers told me I was going to prison if I didn't shut up and leave the state. Officers seemed to protect the prostitution, heroin, and cocaine trades while going after non-connected property and business owners. I was attacked on my property 10-11-01 by a police informant. I got a year in prison for ending the attack with pepper spray.
So, officers acting more like mafia, not law enforcement is still disturbing to me. Officers run the town more than any elected officials. Civilian Oversight of Police is needed. They will not have honor or good behavior until police no longer police themselves.
-stevengerickson AT yahoo Dot Com