Police Payouts Don’t Prove Wrongdoing

I was talking to someone recently and he claimed that the fact that there are so many large payouts in police brutality cases across America proves that there is something seriously wrong with the police in America today.  I disagreed.  These are all civil cases, not criminal ones.  I just think it proves that there are more liberals, or more people with liberal attitudes, sitting on the juries and they are more willing to find for defendants than for police.  They haven’t proven objectively that the police have done anything wrong in all of these cases, they are just more willing to hand over money for emotional reasons.

Now I am not, in any way, shape or form, in favor of actual police brutality.  I think officers who cross the line and violate the law deserve swift justice and strong retribution, both criminal and civil, as well as being kept from working for the police ever again.  Some people are simply not cut out for it and for those who cannot control themselves, they deserve prosecution.  But let’s be honest, media outlets are out there looking for stories of police brutality, whether they exist or not, because it sells.  There is a certain segment of the population that just laps it up and those people tend to be more left-leaning than right.  Especially when it comes to the whole #blacklivesmatter crap, which I’ve certainly talked about before, they don’t seem to care that these black men that are getting shot by the cops are actually guilty of the crimes they are accused of, they just care that it was a black man shot by a white cop and somehow, racism makes the crimes acceptable.

If you want to show that there is a rash of actual police brutality, you’d be able to find a huge number of officers who are being put in prison for killing people without just cause.  There are a few, but not many, and that means something.  It means that these men and women in blue are doing the job that they are hired to do, there are just a lot of liberals who don’t like the job that they’re supposed to be doing.  That’s another matter entirely.  If you want to change the job that they’re hired to do, that’s a political issue, one that is solved at the ballot box, not one that is solved in the courtroom.  But today, suing someone who isn’t criminally liable, just to get some money out of them and smear their good name, has become fashionable.  How someone who is found not guilty of criminal wrongdoing is then found guilty of civil crimes is beyond me.  It only happens because the burden of proof is significantly lower in civil cases and you have a lot of people who want to stick it to the man, and apparently have no jobs, who line up to sit on juries.  It just isn’t what people assert it is, it’s just people who want to pay someone with someone else’s money because they feel sorry for them.  I don’t feel sorry for criminals.  It’s really sad that anyone does.

1 thought on “Police Payouts Don’t Prove Wrongdoing

  1. "How someone who is found not guilty of criminal wrongdoing is then found guilty of civil crimes is beyond me."

    Civil judgements don't require that a crime was necessary to bring a civil suit. A civil suit, such as the kind you are talking about here, is often about the violation of someone's civil liberties. Such violations are not criminal acts, but they are nonetheless illegal under the nation's civil rights laws. Just because a person is found innocent of a criminal charge does not mean that they did not violate a person's civil rights. You seem to be defending the very kind of pratices that the racial bigots used under the Jim Crow laws of the 1950s and 1960s. Think about the racists who were not found guilty of criminal charges by local juries in the Jim Crow south but in fact violated the civil rights of African-Americans.

    So given the ideological blinders you wear, I am not surprised that you can't understand how a person found not guilty of a criminal charge can be found guilty of violating someone's civil rights and be forced to compensate them for this violation.

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