I’ve been on my soapbox again lately about the unpleasant topic of police misconduct.
A recent change in Texas law is giving criminal defense attorneys even greater access to evidence and information gathered in the course of criminal investigations than we had before. Unfortunately, the deeper we dig into the behavior of law enforcement, the more problems we uncover.
Prosecutors share the blame for this type of police misconduct because they allow it to continue. They are in the best position to identify the bad behavior and they have the tools to correct it. But many prosecutors seem more inclined to ignore it or even cover it up. The problem is, like most people, prosecutors would rather not think about the problem. They convince themselves that police officers are more honest and fair than ordinary humans.
I’m pretty outspoken about police misconduct and sometimes get the feeling that my audience doesn’t appreciate my insights. It leaves me with the same vaguely uncomfortable feeling that one gets after committing a faux pas. And I suppose that I have.
Speaking the truth is frequently impolite. But I find this truth impossible to ignore.