Log entry for visit from King County Government's network last night. He started writing his comment at 1:02am and his commentary in response to this story about King County deputy Paul Schene was finished at 1:33am.
Last night we were honored by a visit from one of King County's finest who spent over a half hour of taxpayer's time posting a comment critical of how I cover police misconduct but don't bend over backwards to praise officers for doing what they are paid, handsomely, to do. (Experienced officers in Seattle get over $100k a year before overtime, KCSO officers appear to get an average of $80k based on 2006 records)
I'm not replying to that directly, but I am offering a bit of information to all the cops who have felt the need to try and post comments here lately...
First, officers, let me ask you this, do you find articles critical of your fellow officers who have been found to have committed acts of misconduct in your police union newsletters?
Probably not, huh?
Well, do you guys see articles critical of officers who were convicted of breaking the law at the websites run by your fellow cops?
Do you expect that any of the thousands of organizations and associations out there dedicated to support police officers to also support the victims of police abuses?
Do you see those officer memorial sites also contributing money to make memorials to innocent people murdered by cops?
Then let me ask you this...
Why do you expect to see one of the handful (I could probably count the legitimate ones that haven't been scared off by threats from officers on my hands) of sites dedicated to helping and advocating for the victims of police misconduct to praise you guys and ignore all the stories of police misconduct and of officers who get away with it?
Why is it that, with all of the billions of dollars at the disposal of all these groups that support police officers, that you feel the need to attack the unfunded efforts of a few to help the people who are victimized by the worst of your profession?
Why is it that you are all so thin skinned and fragile of ego that you feel affronted when articles about acts of brutality performed by one of your fellow officers is posted anywhere in print or on electronic media that you feel the need to threaten those who simply report the truth?
Yeah, that wouldn't make sense, would it?
So, I'll make it clear for you officers, like the one who spent taxpayer time to criticize this site and the one who goes by "Bad Boy In Blue" from Tempe AZ who thinks it's a good idea to try and defend bad cops by slandering their victims...
This site isn't here to sing your praises, you have multitudes of others who do that for you all the time.
It is here to support victims of police misconduct and work towards making it harder for the worst of your profession to keep giving all of you a bad name through their unpunished misdeeds.
So, if you come here to trash someone just because they claim to be a victim of police misconduct, I'll delete your comment.
If you come here to criticize me for criticizing the police officers who do bad things and those who defend those bad acts, I will ignore you.
If you come here expecting someone with rose-colored glasses to fall for your sob stories about how we should ignore police misconduct because cops have it so hard, even when you have so many resources at your disposal and your victims have none... you will be sorely disappointed.
If you want someone to defend you no matter what horrible things you do, go talk to your union rep or your mom... don't come here.