Saturday, August 24, 2013
Crisis of Confidence In Law Enforcement
This was deliberately done to deceive the public:
The Grand Jury did finish their work.
There were no arrests effected.
Both of these sentences are true.
It is the missing information that is critical:
The Grand Jury had indicted both John and Patsy Ramsey in the child abuse death of their daughter, Jonbenet Ramsey.
Hunter, according to police, was leaking information to the high powered Ramsey attorneys, through various means, including tabloid reporting.
Question: Why would a District Attorney sabotage a murder investigation?
When we speak of Law Enforcement, we often think only of police officers, who are, depending upon locale, required to have a high school diploma. We have seen the steady decline in education over the last generation and so it is that police officers of higher education and intelligence, often find themselves either in the minority, or taking jobs doing insurance investigation, which pays significantly more money.
Talent goes where the money is.
What's left is sometimes under-educated and under talented.
But "Law Enforcement" includes those who's job is to take the work of police and defend it in court. This means that when someone graduates from law school and take a job working with "the state", they have the title of "assistant district attorney" or "assistant attorney general"; impressive title, to say the least, but what about the principle that "talent goes where the money is"?
Many successful attorneys get valuable experience in prosecution, and when their performance in court is witnessed by private attorneys, the best and brightest are often offered substantial increases in pay to join the private sector.
What is left behind?
Sometimes it is those with lesser talent, who are then given the task of prosecuting cases where the defendants hire their private sector counterparts who make more money because they are significantly more talented.
When the case of Baby Lisa came to head, the details were plain for the public: the mother, Deborah Bradley, was not above average intelligence, and was making a fool of herself with her silly story of kidnapping.
The case made national news.
The case appeared to be headed towards arrest when New York attorney Joe Tacopina jumped in, claimed to have been speaking to the FBI, who, he said, gave him the evidence in the case!
The next thing the public heard was...
Nothing. Nada. Zip. Crickets chirping back and forth in rhyme.
Question Why would "Law Enforcement" (FBI, local) share information or even meet with Joe Tacopina?
Answer: Lack of confidence in the prosecuting attorneys to go up against him. They likely sought a deal from Tacopina, who, in hindsight, gave them nothing.
Statement Analysis concluded that Baby Lisa was deceased and that her mother was deceptive about what happened to her.
How about the case of Baby Ayla?
The single, unemployed, uneducated father of two has a pattern of abuse of a child he wanted aborted, is dating a girl who's sister was arrested for a large whole-sale drug possession, and who was known for his bullying hot temper as well as rumors of his own low level street drug sales, bested police?
Justin DiPietro is also not above average intelligence, yet he bested Law Enforcement in the interview process? Is this another "Misty Croslin" like situation?
In DiPietro's case, they did get him to take a polygraph, so score one for the feds, but he flunked it (or, that he "smoked" it in his own vernacular), and they were unable to get a confession in spite of the lies he told, and the DNA evidence (significant amount of blood found in various locations in the home)?
He purchased, while unemployed, a life insurance policy against, (not for) his child, while NOT purchasing it for his other child, who then just 'happens' to go missing 6 weeks later and this is not prosecuted?
The mother, Trista Reynolds, will now take her case to the public in an attempt to force the state hired attorneys to prosecute DiPietro.
The police showed weakness when they went public to say that "all three" were "withholding information" and not truthful. This was an attempt to put public pressure on them and was a tactical error (it produced nothing), in an overall strategy that is all but indiscernible to the public (if any strategy exists).
The public has, in so many places, lost confidence in law enforcement, as more and more under-educated police investigate and interview, yet without success.
The public has seen the fruit of all the police recruiting procedures in big cities, where test scores, for 30 years plus, have been changed due to racial sensitivity scoring (cheating), and other recruitment criteria.
With the best and brightest having their scores knocked down in favor of others with lower scores, what was it that officials were expecting?
It is one thing to have the cowardly Alex Hunter refuse to fight the Ramsey attorneys, but it is quite another thing for the public to have difficult interactions with local police, and remain confident in their ability to investigate cases.
Of course there are many talented and dedicated professionals in law enforcement, up and down the line, but speak to them, and hear their frustration over how they feel, under-represented by the state attorneys, or bitter towards working with those whose own lack of intelligence in dealing with the public leaves a bad taste for all in law enforcement.
The day of the "Dirty Harry" cop mentality has long passed. Americans are increasingly dissatisfied with being pulled over by arrogant, small minded, bullying cops, even while reading the headlines of cases remaining 'unsolved' even though the facts are abundantly clear to the casual observer.
How do the citizens of Colorado City, Texas, feel about fellow citizen murder victim Hailey Dunn's lack of justice?
Judging from comments here and on Facebook, the citizens are not happy that Billie Jean Dunn and Shawn Adkins remain free, while Hailey will never get a chance at life.
Hollywood continues to portray cops as all knowing, all powerful and all seeing, in today's movies. The FBI can read minds and see crimes before they happen and are listening in on criminals everywhere...
yet, what happened with Baby Lisa?
There is a crisis of confidence in law enforcement, from the bottom to the top, across our country, and these few very public cases highlight this very thing.
The problem goes back to its earliest roots: education.
Police Departments need to raise the standards for hiring, and need to better educate and train. Police Departments need to hire the best qualified applicants, period.
When politicians stepped in to make demands on police departments hiring practices, the decline, fueled by the dropping standard of education, the end results are now being seen, day after day, by American citizens.
The frustration the public feels is shared by those dedicated and talented law enforcement officials who, in many cases, have had their hands tied.
Take a look at the fall out of careers from the investigation into Jonbenet Ramsey, in Boulder, Colorado, where feelings are still ripe and raw over that young citizen who's life was taken from her, and who's citizens did not know, for many years, that the Grand Jury indicted her parents for child abuse.