In New York City, garden-variety complaints of police officer misconduct can be filed with the Civilian Complaint Review Board, a city-run agency with the power to investigate complaints and recommend sanctions to the police commissioner when warranted. The existence of the CCRB provides an avenue for the public to report problems other than to the courts — probably saving the city a fortune every year in judgments, settlements, and legal fees.
On May 4th, the CCRB tweeted about the Fourth Amendment, with a link to report to them police violations of the same. This was apparently too much for the NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association, who responded on Twitter with this gem:
And cops wonder why the NYPD is, er, unpopular, with the people: they think they are above the law because they have a difficult job. Accountability and respect are not mutually exclusive, and the NYPD must stop this childish us-vs-them mentality with those who demand the former as a prerequisite to the latter.
It’s not a surprise that this is the #1 most liked reply on the SBA’s tweet:
The problem is not just the police, they are actually at the bottom of the cesspool. Every government official from President to street sweeper claims immunity for their illegal actions. Every judge from Supreme Court to Municipal Judge claims absolute immunity for any outlandish or unconstitutional or illegal actions. The only people not immune for their actions is US. Whenever government is above the law, you can bet, human nature being human nature, that corruption will follow.