NEWS FROM THE LAB - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It's Not a Game - It's a Violation of Human Dignity Posted by Sean @ 15:14 GMT

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From Matthias Gafni and Malaika Fraley at the Contra Costa Times:

The California Highway Patrol officer accused of stealing nude photos from a DUI suspect's phone told investigators that he and his fellow officers have been trading such images for years

The five-year CHP veteran called it a "game" among officers, according to an Oct. 14 search warrant affidavit.

CHiPs, theft of images
Source: Contra Costa Times

A game?

IT'S A CRIME. (Or it certainly ought to be.)

Again from the Contra Costa Times:

CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a statement that his agency too has "active and open investigations" and cited a similar case several years ago in Los Angeles involving a pair of officers.

"The allegations anger and disgust me," Farrow said. "We expect the highest levels of integrity and moral strength from everyone in the California Highway Patrol, and there is no place in our organization for such behavior."

Let's hope Commissioner Farrow, who began his tenure in 2008, truly means what he says.

Here's an incident from 2006 for him to consider:

CHiPs, violation of dignity
Source: The New Yorker

It appears that the CHP has a culture problem which goes back quite some time.

With great power comes great responsibility.

Anybody who thinks violating the dignity of another human being is "a game" doesn't deserve to be a cop.


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