Here’s another thought

Referencing my last blog entry about the Ruben Gallegos “assault” (murder): Jenaro Torres, the man who did it, was a police officer. Which makes his crime all the more heinous in my opinion, for obvious reasons. Cops, being sworn to uphold the law and protect the rest of us, should be better than that.

Whaddaya think about a law imposing harsher sentences on acting police officers who commit crimes? Torres got ten years in prison, plus half that time again for using a gun. What about adding years because he was a cop? Or maybe the death penalty for police officers who commit murder? (Lookin’ at you, Drew Peterson.)

Discuss in the comments section.

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9 thoughts on “Here’s another thought

  1. Princess Shantae March 9, 2013 / 6:50 am

    Sounds good on paper, I mean, a harsher sentence is imposed if you commit a crime against an officer. But I don’t realy see it working out too good in practice. Especially not for things the officer does while he’s in uniform or on-duty, he could and would always claim he was in self defense or the victim was lying b/c they were already in hot water.

    • Meaghan March 9, 2013 / 7:41 am

      It’s very hard to convict a police officer of assaulting or killing someone on duty. I was thinking more about crimes police officers committed while OFF duty.

      In today’s updates there will be another case that mentions, as an aside, a police officer criminal. He was involved in a prostitution ring — not as a customer or actually running the thing, but supplying cell phones and cars and stuff.

    • Meaghan March 9, 2013 / 7:45 am

      Oh, and another anecdote about my life: at the age of five I nearly drowned and a police officer saved my life. If he had not been there, I would not be here now. There was a big to-do about it and they wanted to give him a medal, but he said he was just doing his duty. My parents had him over for dinner to thank him for saving my life.

      A few years later, there was another big to-do when that same cop was caught in the backseat of his squad car with his mistress while he was supposed to be on duty. It turned out he’d been shagging her on county time for months, even lending her his squad car to drive around. Obviously, he got fired. I don’t remember very much about it — I was only nine — but there was talk about actually charging him with a crime. I mean, he defrauded the county of his wages (by having sex when he should have been working) and he allowed his mistress to mis-use his police car. My mom said, at the time, that she felt sorriest of all for the man’s wife, who must have been so embarrassed to have her husband’s affair plastered all over the local papers.

  2. Keelie March 9, 2013 / 4:10 pm

    I think a harsher sentence should be considered. Yes, there are cases in which they can claim self defense but then there are the cases like Drew Peterson. And, closer to home for me, Craig Peyer, a California Highway Patrol officer who murdered a Kara Knott. He has already come up for parole – although he didn’t get it, this time. He says he is innocent but refuses to have his DNA tested, so I don’t think he will get out any time soon. But, obviously, there is a chance it will happen. Maybe no chance of parole for police officers or something like that. It is definitely a breach of trust. Also, in this case, Peyer effectively killed Kara’s father who died years later while visiting Kara’s memorial garden in the area where she had been murdered. His grief was so palpable and deep it hurt just to look at him. Anyway, I digress, but yes, I think that there should be “something” extra for convicted officers, especially if the act was committed while they were on duty.

  3. sandokan March 10, 2013 / 4:49 pm

    If punitive sentences and harsher consequences worked for reducing crime, the US would have one of the lowest crime rates in the world. How is it we have extremely harsh punishments for all sorts of crime (non-violent included) and yet we still continue to see excessive amounts of it? Take a cue from the social democracies of Europe and work on ameliorating social problems and making the socioeconomic brackets less stratified and we’ll see the results we’re after. As for the death penalty…it seems like someone so passionate about seeing justice carried out wouldn’t be in favor of it, given how many people have been exonerated from death row. Can’t imagine much of a worse fate than spending years of your life trying to prove your innocence only to be executed with Rick Perry’s blessings. One look at Amnesty International’s statistics on death row inmates freed because of new evidence should be enough to convince you that it doesn’t bring about justice.

    • Meaghan March 10, 2013 / 5:51 pm

      I’m with you. I’m against the death penalty and think Europe has a lot to teach us about social safety nets and rehabilitation.

  4. Mark Ryder May 16, 2013 / 2:18 am

    I live in the UK and we don’t have the death penalty of course. I think that’s a very good thing. You must have a system that allows for miscarriages of justice. Sometimes innocent people are convicted of murder. We know that has happened MANY times. Also, society should show itself to be of higher moral character than the murderer. We can show we have that character by NOT killing killers. I just think that ALL murderers, whoever they are and whoever they kill, should serve VERY long sentences. I’d say at least 3O years for a single killing. And anyone who commits more than one murder should NEVER be released. Finally, re: cops who kill. Has there ever been a more prolific one than South Korea’s Woo Bum-Kon who murdered nearly SIXTY people?

    • Meaghan May 16, 2013 / 2:19 am

      I’d never heard of Woo Bum-Kon. What ended up happening to him?

      I’m against the DP. My question was just hypothetical: basically, since we have it, what about using it in such-and-such instance.

  5. Mark Ryder May 16, 2013 / 2:54 am

    I knew that Woo Bum-Kon died at his own hand but had forgotten exactly how. Just did a bit more research. Apparently the law was closing in on him (he was a ‘spree’ killer, by the way) and he was holding several hostages. He decided to blow himself up and take a few more people with him. Evil scumbag.

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