The Conversation: Law enforcement transparency

02/23/2014 12:00 AM

02/22/2014 6:27 PM

Nearly a month ago Lodi police shot and killed a Gulf War veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. They said the 43-year-old man charged them with a knife. Few details have been released to the public and a Lodi Police Department spokesman said the investigation could take as long as a year to complete. Last Sunday’s Conversation asked the question: Should law enforcement be more transparent with information regarding officer-involved shootings, such as autopsy reports, incidents of abuse of power and subsequent discipline?


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Janet Thew – The public deserves and should demand full transparency from our public servants. Law enforcement is no exception and in fact has a greater burden of disclosure. They have the power of life and death, and should be held to a much higher standard of conduct. Thank you for this conversation.

Phillip Larrea – Absolutely!

Susan Ruybal – Police need to be held accountable for the brutal ways they treat alleged criminals. The mentally ill and homeless get the worst treatment for small infractions. So yes, bring on transparency.

Katrise Fraund – Yes, if all officer-involved shootings are justified without need for possible change in practice or some thought that perhaps it could have had another conclusion. Then it’s hard to believe that the investigation is thorough and transparent. Yes, the officers have a dangerous job, but one might presume that they might expect that when they chose that profession.

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