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Thread: Should individual police officers pay out-of-pocket for wrongfully charged crimes?

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    Re: Should individual police officers pay out-of-pocket for wrongfully charged crimes

    Worse than risking police not pursuing suspects is the idea that a police officer, once he arrests someone, may work with his fellow officers, who one day may be in the same position and will want the favor returned, to plant evidence or do other illegal actions, such as writing false reports, to ensure that his suspect is in fact found guilty.

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    Re: Should individual police officers pay out-of-pocket for wrongfully charged crimes

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrickt View Post
    You can file a complaint to recover your expenses. You're days wages, if they were actually lost, should be recoverable. As for attorney's fees, that's up to the attorneys.
    Yeah, well, good luck with that.
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    Re: Should individual police officers pay out-of-pocket for wrongfully charged crimes

    Quote Originally Posted by ElijahGalt View Post
    So, are all absolved suspects true criminals who got away because of a lying witness?
    really? do you really not get it? WTF dude, why do you have such a hard on for the cops?
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    Re: Should individual police officers pay out-of-pocket for wrongfully charged crimes

    Being found "Not Guilty" is not necessarily the same as being "innocent" and therefore "Wrongfully" charged. How exactly would you define "wrongfully charged"? Are you meaning anyone that is charged with a crime and found to have not had sufficient evidence to be convicted?

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    Re: Should individual police officers pay out-of-pocket for wrongfully charged crimes

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Being found "Not Guilty" is not necessarily the same as being "innocent" and therefore "Wrongfully" charged.
    yeah. O.J. was "not guilty" but he damn sure wasn't innocent.
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    Re: Should individual police officers pay out-of-pocket for wrongfully charged crimes

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Sorry, but this is one of the stupider ideas I have heard in a very long time. It would totally hamstring the police, who would be afraid to act fearing that some one might get off on a technicality and they end up screwed.
    Absolutely agree. But it may be high time that people listened to each other...the police(mostly) are no longer "goons", the judges are no longer "perfect" (never were!!)..
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    Re: Should individual police officers pay out-of-pocket for wrongfully charged crimes

    Quote Originally Posted by ElijahGalt View Post
    It is called an arrest charge. The D.A. can dismiss the case, but then again you could still be out of a job because some employers don't like to continue employing those who have been recently arrested.
    Police can arrest you on suspicion of a crime. The courts determine whether there is enough evidence to proceed with a trial. If you employer fires you for being arrested, but not charged and tried for a crime, they're just opening themselves up to a massive lawsuit.
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    Re: Should individual police officers pay out-of-pocket for wrongfully charged crimes

    Well, if the incident that really pissed you off was actually an error then you will in all likelyhood be compensated. If you're looking to never ever work again it will be a long shot.

    And, I hate to break the news to you but in lawsuits against the police, citizens who are on the jury are far more likely to side with police than they are with criminals.

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    Re: Should individual police officers pay out-of-pocket for wrongfully charged crimes

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    • Just because you're found not guilty doesn't mean you were falsely arrested...nor does it mean you're innocent.
    I am convinced that under US Federal Law and the American Constitution, being found not guilty means you're innocent. Remember, innocent until proven guilty.
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    Re: Should individual police officers pay out-of-pocket for wrongfully charged crimes

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    I am convinced that under US Federal Law and the American Constitution, being found not guilty means you're innocent.
    all that being found "not guilty" means is that the prosecution did not present a compelling enough case to convince 12 people that you did it, beyond a reasonable doubt.

    under the law, "not guilty" =/= "innocent"
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