Police Use Violent Threats, Legalized Bribery To Dodge Oversight

Cops Use Thuggery to Intimidate Elected Officials

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Who Is Behind Police Unions? | NowThis

Gangster Cops

Last week, during an interview on “Background Briefing,” independent journalist Spencer Sunshine stated that a friend who served on a city council was afraid to reign in the police because of a potential backlash. The unnamed councilor said he feared that if he tried to cut the police budget, cops would refuse to respond to calls to his house.

Raw Story detailed how local police had threatened to use strongarm tactics on Shelby County (Tenn.) Commissioner Tami Sawyer after she attempted to cut the sheriff’s department budget and invest in the community.

“Since I called for #defunding on the Co Sheriff Budget yesterday, the flood gates have opened with threats and attempted insults,” said Sawyer in a tweet. “No shock. I was 1st threatened with death 5 years ago & they haven’t found me floating in the bottom of the Mississippi yet. I share to document.”

Now Sawyer has private security to protect her from the police!

Legalized Bribery

Sometimes the influence of police unions is more subtle. Police unions are known to donate to city council and attorney general races. This becomes problematic when it comes to prosecuting law-breaking cops.

Maya Wiley: Police Unions Are ‘Part Of The Problem’ To Real Reforms | The Last Word | MSNBC

Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.

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