P1 First Person: Policing the police

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By Deputy Joel Johnson
Rowan County Sheriff's Office

With great frequency we are seeing law enforcement officers being accused of and charged with criminal offenses. While this is not a new phenomenon, it does appear that this problem has become more prominent than it has been in the past. The public is justifiably angered at law enforcement corruption. The question is often asked, “Who is policing the police?”

Is corruption among law enforcement officers increasing or, could it be that law enforcement officers are policing themselves more effectively? Civilians certainly are not the ones responsible for investigating corruption and filing criminal charges against the iniquitous officers. The “Reverends” Jackson and Sharpton certainly are not conducting investigations which lead to successful prosecutions. They appear to be more concerned with seeking publicity rather than justice.

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