Watch Yourselves Again
Another silly idea from the brain trust:
- In districts beat officers are being given a humper like sheet of paper called the "watch commanders action report" This piece of paper consists of 3 sections where a specific problem on the beat is pointed out and officers are expected to check the location. this is all well and good but when checking on individuals we are asked to knock on doors of Trap (repeat offenders>) offenders with extensive criminal backgrounds, as well as subjects on parole, and a large assortment of others.
This idea thought up by downtown ernie Brown ( 22 total arrests in his career) sole purpose is to let offenders know that we the police are watching them. most offenders are not wanted and we have no probable cause to door knock, ernie just wants us to harass these individuals. not only will the city not back us when a beef comes down but the issue of officer safety is huge.
If possible please pass this info on to your readers and let them know when they are given one of these sheets and it asks to check for a previously arrested individuals make sure they do their homework. Run a name check and cqh inquiry (criminal history) check. Know what type of individual you are dealing with. And if there is no warrant and no investigative alert with probable cause to arrest do not harass these subjects as we are not in the scare tactic business. simply circle the no contact made box.
As working coppers we have no problem dealing with the shitbags but all within reason. this report which is being force fed down lieutenants, and captains at the district level serves no purpose other to make Down town ernie Brown look good. In turn the bosses are feeding them to us.
Institutional harassment? Yeah, that's going to go over really well with Corp Counsel and the Courts. And didn't those "humpers" die when Maurer left? Nope - they're still here - just like CAPS - the zombie paperwork.
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