So, just because someone is a cop, they can’t make a mistake? If “Joe Smith” who works at an auto plant gets busted for drunk driving he doesn’t lose his job. So just because a cop does the same thing they should be held to a higher standard? You say they should lose their job because he’s a cop. What about giving him a little extra credit for putting his life on the line every day? What about giving him a little extra credit for all the hate, the horrible things he sees that his “fellow man” does to each other? Doesn’t he deserve a little “extra credit” for that? You clearly seem to be very biased against anyone who wears a uniform. Hmmmmm, makes one wonder – what have YOU been busted for that you have an axe to grind?
The reader suggests that drunk driving Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson should get “extra credit” because he puts his life on the line every day. (I highly doubt the Midland County Sheriff is personally risking his life every day. Road deputies, maybe. Detectives and up, not so much.) The writer suggests that cops should get “extra credit” because they witness “horrible things” that people do to each other. And extra credit to do what? Risk public safety, like Stephenson did? Cops should get credit to put others at risk because sometimes they try to do their jobs?
By that logic, child protective workers should get free passes to beat their kids whenever they want to. They witness bad crap too. And ER doctors, definitely. And inner-city ministers. What about civil rights activists? Do they get a free pass because of their profession? Where does it end? How do we as a society add up all the points and decide to whom the law applies?
Yes, I do believe that law enforcement officers should follow the law in order to serve as law enforcement officers. If you’re a teacher, and you help someone cheat on a test, you shouldn’t be a teacher anymore. If you’re a mechanic, and you substitute faulty parts, you shouldn’t be a mechanic anymore. Anytime your morals call your ability to do your job honestly into question, you shouldn’t do the job anymore. It’s all the more true in a position of public trust like an elected county sheriff.
As to the allegation that I’m very biased against anyone who wears a uniform, I have seen public corruption harm private citizens. So yes, I’m biased against anyone who wears a uniform. Police demand respect, when they should earn it. That’s my axe. Grind, grind, grind. I have no criminal record, never been arrested or charged with anything. I actually follow the law, unlike some police officers. Not that you can always avoid getting arrested or charged with a crime by following the law, because, as we discuss, the police aren’t always scrupulous.