(Serious) What are your thoughts on this scenario: Police are given an additional sentence when found guilty, because they are misusing their power and authority to commit these crimes?

(Serious) What are your thoughts on this scenario: Police are given an additional sentence when found guilty, because they are misusing their power and authority to commit these crimes?

What do you think?

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  1. Sounds fair to me. If a teacher screws a student they get additional charges because the teacher assumed responsibly for the student then abused the power. Why wouldn’t cops?

  2. Abuse of power or position should be treated as a separate and additional crime AS WELL AS whatever the crime itself is. These situations should absolutely receive harsher punishments.

    The police and other law enforcement officials need to be transparently ‘whiter than white’ – held to higher standards than most and punished more severely when they break the laws they enforce and uphold.

  3. Absolutely.

    Police **must** be held to a higher standard than ordinary citizens. If they are not, the they will attract the kind of people who want to hold the power of life and death over their neighbors without the accountability for that extreme power imbalance. Which is how we ended up where we are at…

  4. A lot of bad things happen because of power imbalances. It’s not just policemen. What about doctors? Teachers? Politicians? Anyone with a position of authority can misuse it.

  5. I feel like this should be a given.

    If you are in a position of power in which you are expected to actually uphold the law, and hopefully actually help citizens, breaking those laws should absolutely designate a harsher form of punishment.

    There should be database like that for sex offenders. That kind of misuse of power should follow you for the rest of your life.

  6. How about police have to carry liability insurance, much like a doctor’s malpractice insurance. That way cities, towns, etc. don’t pay the price. Also, your body cam malfunctions, huge fine. Malfunctions during a questionable arrest or shooting, fired and sued. Just.some thoughts.

  7. Those in power should be held to a higher standard than the rest of us. “With great power comes great responsibility.”

    It’d be a good idea if we could get guilty charges for cops in the first place.

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