Breaking: Charleston Police Officer Sgt. George Hildebidle committed suicide. So far, nothing has been reported about his family, but it was reported Hildebidle killed himself after a “domestic dispute.”
Understand body camera companies are overjoyed at the opportunity to sell their goods.
Also know body cameras are not the “answer” when “bad hires” are just as likely to turn their body camera off during the commission of a crime. Body cameras represent the failure police departments nationally.
Do understand the solution is easy.
- Hire better people,
- Integrate them within the community,
- Pay them well; and,
- Demilitarize the police.
Understand the focus now is, action. Action to demonstrate the appearance of a solution for instant, good PR. Also understand the focus needs to remain on the core issue: Bad hires. The solution is prevention, by hiring police officers who can think, and who care about their community.
Better background checks are needed in addition to upgraded hiring standards.
One well trained police negotiator is worth a fortune in equipment and lawsuits against the city. However, plummeting hiring standards account for in part, the deaths of over 5,000 people since 9/11 and millions in lawsuit settlements.
Again; the problem is in the hiring, folks.
Bad hires ultimately cost cities millions
Bad hires mean an increased need to outfit the police with body cams. Body cams are the canary in the coal mine.
A couple of quick examples.
Lowell Bruce, a San Diego Sheriff’s Deputy who was stationed to guard women at “Los Colinas Detention and Rentry Center” (more commonly known as “No Penis Colinas”) who shot his unarmed wife in the face, after which his co-workers claimed immunity.
Did I mention Lowell Bruce was a “Do Not Hire?” Lowell Bruce failed not one, but TWO psych evals. Seriously folks; the problem is in the hiring.
Police officers killing their wives is not new. Less than four months ago, Midland Police Sgt. Chad Simpson killed his wife, Sandra at home. Then himself.
However, Texas Republican legislators in their usual, backassward way, and famous for discounting the need of women to be safe, rose to address the issue of police committing on-the-job, crimes.
Republican Texas legislator Jason Villalba (Dallas) proposed legislation to make it a crime for residents to film the police within 25 feet of Texas police officers possibly committing a crime.
See this page for Texas District Attorneys, who have plotted to have their wives murdered. (Scroll for Christopher Dupuy)
So y’all feel free to tweet your thoughts about that to good ole boy Jason, @JasonVillalba
The solution is easy.
1. Better hiring standards
2. Civilian review boards not controlled by the police.
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