Police Misconduct

Bad Cop in Chicago: Jon Burge Guilty!!!

Survivors of Jon Burge’s Torture Regime Speak

The type of police misconduct referenced in Michael Moore’s video is police brutality, which is often associated with racial profiling. More often than not the situation will later involve falsified evidence if the officers/perpetrators feel boxed-in by the evidence of the misconduct. The Rodney King case in Los Angeles and the Amadou Diallo case in NYC fit into this pattern of misconduct. When the end result is death, as with Diallo, this is the worst form of police abuse, and even when death doesn’t result, like in the Abner Louima case in Brooklyn, it can also be considered the worst.

Louima resides in a mansion of sorts in Miami today (12 years later), but there is no doubt in my mind that he will never trust a cop again. Louima gets the same sinking feeling that I do when he views that flashing blue and red lights of a police vehicle in his rear-view mirror, though for entirely different reasons. Louima’s story is so horrifying and extreme that I’m not going to talk about it – just Google his name if you are not familiar with the actions of the NYPD officers.

Look at the Rodney King beating video here and explain to me how a California jury could possibly acquit the LAPD officers. Do we need to wonder why the jury decision sparked riots in the streets? In the King case two of the officers were later convicted of civil rights violations in federal court, and Los Angeles settled a civil suit with King.

Still, the most common forms of police misconduct do not involve physically violent officers. Obtaining false confessions, intimidation, coercion, false arrest, and abusive surveillance also usually involve falsified evidence, and are far more common in the U.S. today. This type of stuff happens every day throughout the country and is rarely identified and exposed. Usually the victims of this form of police abuse end-up in prison and no one ever listens to their story. To the majority in the U.S., they become no more than criminals proclaiming innocence.

This type of abuse was rampant in my own case, and was perpetuated by the agents of Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation (MBI) and accepted by the superiors and the Governing Board. One of the better known cases involving this form of police and prosecutorial misconduct is the Marty Tankleff case in Long Island, NY. Marty Tankleff was imprisoned for 17 years, and finally set free at the end of 2008. Another publicized case is that of Michael Crowe, the San Diego 14-year old that was interrogated and coerced into a false confession in his sister’s murder. View the video here for a better understanding of how coerced confessions can work.

Read Memoirs to understand how false confessions, intimidation, coercion, false arrest, abusive surveillance, and finally, falsified evidence, led to a trial reminiscent of a circus. By the time you have finished reading you will clearly understand why the jury acquitted me on both counts.


Michael Moore — The Awful Truth

 Michael Moore really illustrates the truth about racial profiling and excessive use of force in this video:

The Michael Crowe Case