Civil libertarians believe that police officers ought to be subject to intense oversight, but are often overruled by police chiefs, elected officials, and police unions, as well as members of the public who assume officers won’t misbehave too badly.
Here are the deadly results in one American city.
After a 16-month investigation of the Albuquerque Police Department, the federal government reports that its officers routinely violated the Constitutional rights of residents, unjustly beating them, shocking them with tasers, and even shooting them dead. 21 fatal shootings were reviewed. “Officers were not justified under federal law in using deadly force in the majority of those incidents,” the report states. “Albuquerque police officers shot and killed civilians who did not pose an imminent threat of serious bodily harm or death to the officers or others.”