Police spokesman has never heard of economics

Here's a gem from the New York Times:

Mr. Brill said Detective Eager had no incentive to lie. “What did she have invested in lying?” he said on Tuesday, recounting his remarks in court the day before. “She has made 1,300 arrests.”

The chief spokesman for the Police Department, Paul J. Browne, declined to comment on Detective Eager’s case other than to say that she had been suspended from the force. But when asked to comment about police officers accused of perjury, he said, “It does not happen often, but when it does, it is baffling why police officers would risk prosecution and their careers to advance a criminal case rather than let the chips fall where they may.”

It's not baffling to me. They take this risk because they know they will rarely get punished. The potential payoff is a career boost, definitely something people look for. Except in the face of overwhelming evidence, they always get away with it. Even when they don't, they're rarely punished. Even when they're punished, it's rarely more than a slap on the wrist. Sometimes they're sentenced, sure, but everyone knows that sometimes you get killed when you leave your house, and most of us do it anyway.

She's made 1,300 arrests? How many have video evidence to support her statements in those cases? Does anyone really think this is the first time she gave a bullshit story?

Via Radley Balko

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