Thousands of Police Officers Investigated for Misconduct

Politicians have run campaigns on the promise they intend to bring "Law and Order," to the public and that criminals will be brought to justice and imprisoned. And we all know who they are talking about when they say criminals; they mean young, Black men.

For years, young, Black men have suffered unjustly at the hands of the police dating back to the founding of this country unto this day. The prison industrial complex is full of young Black men and other people of color who have been punching bags and targets for law enforcement officers.

Law enforcement officials, however, have protected the police against any wrong doing and jurors also have acquitted police for blatantly killing people even in the face of video evidence. "Officers have beaten members of the public, planted evidence and used their badges to harass women. They have lied, stolen, dealt drugs, driven drunk and abused their spouses."

According to an in-depth investigation by USA Today, they are "leading a national effort to obtain and publish disciplinary and misconduct records for thousands of police officers."

In an attempt to inform the public to the injustice inside the police department, the report reveals that there are many more corrupt and abusive cops than is in the public perception. The report has constructed a database of over 85,000 police officers, viewable to the public, that have been investigated for misconduct.

For the past year they have been gathering this information and have now released most of it. With this new information, hopefully, police departments will be investigated at the federal level, police academies can thoroughly vet the people who apply to become police officers and provide better training, and at some point most of the corrupt cops will be locked up.

If Law and Order means imprisoning criminals, let the police departments start with themselves and start imprisoning those who swore to serve and protect the public but have instead abused them.