It’s getting really depressing, it almost seems a day can’t go by without more anecdotes about misconduct in the law enforcement system. I had thought about creating a separate blog just for these stories, but figured I could roll it into this one, due it’s close ties to politics and society. I may have to rethink that at this pace …
Upset that he recorded a fellow officers threats against an innocent citizen’s safety, police officers have taken to posting his personal information online and staking out his house…
On Sunday, Brett Darrow filmed a Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department cruiser staking out his home.
“It was the first time I’ve seen it,” Darrow told TheNewspaper. “But my neighbor said he’s seen a lot of police down our dead end street since all of this happened.”
When Darrow walked outside to his 1997 Nissan Maxima, he noticed two officers sitting in a marked squad car, numbered 65. There is little question as to why the officers were there.
“As I got into the car, he started to pull up the street and he and his partner just stared me down,” Darrow explained.
The patrol car drove away as Darrow started his car and followed.
In late June, users of St. Louis CopTalk, an unofficial forum for Saint Louis area law enforcement, posted Darrow’s home address along with messages containing apparent death threats in retaliation for the young motorist’s taping of a DUI roadblock in November and a traffic ticket in June.
All this because Darrow simply left his camera running and captured a policemen’s threats to make something up and lock him away.
We give our police very powerful privileges in our society, the power to detain someone under the color of law, and the power to carry a weapon anywhere they go. They need to be held to a HIGHER standard than the rest of us, not a lower one…