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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

September 13, 2010

A recurring theme at Instapundit, as well as at reason magazine is the persecution citizens face when filming police who are behaving in a derelict or illegal fashion. This past Saturday “This American Life” examined that phenomenon from a different angle.

What happens when the police are recorded by the police?

In the case of Adrian Schoolcraft the answer was commitment to a mental hospital as an emotionally disturbed person. (The Schoolcraft story is the second act about halfway in)

It also results in a series of revelations about police activities that are illegal (quotas) or violate the civil rights of citizens (arrests that are later voided that are made simply to pump up numbers) or manipulation of crime statistics in order to improve numbers in the CompStat system. In short it reveals a badly broken system in need of some systemic repairs.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. xbradtc permalink
    September 13, 2010 3:22 pm

    I wasn’t able to hear the schoolcraft tape, for technical reasons.

    But the thing is, the Compstat program is a classic case of a tool being misused.

    It should be a very good tool for directing the activities of the police for better efficiency. Good Operational Analysis would be useful here as well.

    Instead, it has become a method of jiggering the numbers to make bureaucrats look good. It is something every organization has to defend against.

    It is just another example of the fallen nature of human beings.

  2. xbradtc permalink
    September 14, 2010 5:55 pm

    I just noticed, you like the Hostages so much, you’ve got ’em on your blog roll.

    Twice.

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