WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- "Manslaughter, rape, assault. A recent spate of allegations against police officers on the outskirts of New York City has raised fears that a big-city problem has invaded the suburbs.
The cluster of incidents over the past year in Westchester County may be an aberration, but even a partial list seems shocking in this relatively affluent and quiet New York City suburb:
"Law enforcement in the suburbs is only as good as the patchwork of police departments that exists in each county," said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.
"It takes proper oversight and accountability to insure that the police are our friends, our protectors, and not bullies who think they are above the law."
Lieberman wondered if training was at fault."
Um, Donna? Most of us are trained at a very early age not to commit manslaughter, rape, and assault.
Although it couldn't hurt to have some visual aids, I guess.
Big poster of an average man crossing the street, with a caption declaring DO-NOT-KILL, might be a good idea to hang in police stations.
And a big poster of a woman crossing the same street, with a caption declaring DO-NOT-RAPE.
And a big poster of another person, man or woman will do quite nicely, being hammered into the ground by batons and tasers, with the caption: DO-NOT-ASSAULT.
Hey its worth a try.
Not much of anything else seems to work and things are getting worse.
Thanks to The War on Guns.