Let’s be clear, being a cop isn’t an easy job. They are usually dealing with people in less than ideal situations, the job can be dangerous, and we’re going to write about this particular aspect of the job next week. No hints.
The problem with police departments is that they are forced to hire from that group in the general population known as “people”. That creates a problem because “people” can be more than a little erratic, without regard to their job. This creates an environment, like in any workplace, where some relatively small percentage of the workforce are very high performers loved by all, most of the workforce is reliable and gets their jobs done with a minimum of drama, and a small percentage of the workforce are, well, for lack of a better term, pigs.
This guy is a Lieutenant? He’s a supervisor who has proved himself to be incompetent, unable to follow the lawful orders of his own chain of command, and a dangerous, violent lawbreaker. He should be fired and arrested immediately for his crimes- failure to do so proves that his agency has no business pretending to be “law enforcement”, and strongly indicates a conspiracy within the department to violate the civil rights of citizens.
How does someone who is so incompetent, dangerous, and unprofessional rise to the rank of Lieutenant within an agency? Is there some kind of nepotism going on? Is bribery or blackmail involved? Did he sleep his way up the ladder? Or, are all the other employees even worse than he is?
Cops tend to have an “us vs. them” attitude for reasons that should be obvious. The net effect of that attitude is quickly destroying the credibility of local police in the eyes of the citizens they “protect and serve”. As a matter of fact, it’s so bad in most metropolitan areas of the nation that “protect and serve” is increasingly regarded as a joke.
This particular incident is a prime example of an pig at work.
This officer doesn’t realize that recording a police officer is absolutely legal. Everywhere. In an effort to intimidate this young lady, he tells her that recording an officer is a felony and notes that he knows more about the law than she does.