Far be it for me to speak for another person....and I could be 180 off, here. But instead of talking the way you are to him, you outa be calling the dude a saint. Cuz, lord knows, TEACHERS sure as **** don't think like he does.
And no, the tax payer WON'T fire police officers for not working off the clock...they will simply have less police.
And how does it work out, where you live, when cops make vocal their ire at being understaffed?
The settlement was a slap on the wrist. Several administrative heads should've rolled. Pike should have been subjected to criminal charges.
As for the usual bigots going out of their way to dismiss demonstrators, that just comes with the territory.
I see nothing in the settlement which has any significant chance of discouraging similar police brutality in the future. Egregious violation of free speech rights will continue to be treated as a cost-of-business type expense.
I've moved on to a better forum (scienceforums.net). Facts matter, and I don't have the time or energy for putting up with the pretense that they don't. PM me if you'd like me to get in touch with you when I'm done developing my own forum system, likely towards the end of 2013.
1. I used to be a cop, in SC. I now work for the power company.
2. SC is almost totally non-union. Cops have no union here worth mentioning. The few unions that exist here are almost completely powerless.
3. Pay for cops in SC is often less than 30k a year and rarely ever more than 40k.
4. Yes, I worked unpaid overtime when I was a cop. Mandatory unpaid overtime. Yes, refusal would have gotten me fired.
Maybe you need to get a little more info on these things before making absolute pronouncements.
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but generally in the case of these large rewards the attorneys get no compensation if they lose the case. They (in cases against big companies) will be going up against teams of high paid lawyers that draw out the case for as long as possible. I don't disagree that they aren't too high in some cases but if they were limited you would see a lot less lawsuits that should be fought because the juice isn't worth the squeeze. Poor folks would instead of getting a small portion of the rewards to getting none because nobody wants to take on the cases.
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