Phoenix, AZ—Politicians and their appointed police chiefs across this nation demand nearly total control of police related information.
It’s epidemic in the larger cities controlled by Democratic Party mayors. They see the value of leaving their citizens with a false sense of security and public safety as they spin any and all information accordingly.
Police business was once considered just that. Certain information was kept away from all but sworn police officers. That’s not the case because the local politicians have demanded and unlawfully obtained access to sensitive police data nearly everywhere.
Politicians also demand the ability to influence arrests and prosecutions of friends, relatives and of course their campaign contributors. Illicit influence is used to both free the guilty and even jail the innocent. Cops and prosecutors have no choice but to look the other way. Whistle blowing in law enforcement circles simply does not exist.
Our cops are considered expendable so reality dictates that the bosses find a sacrificial lamb or two to frame, fire and destroy their reputations. This creates the appearance of avoiding corruption by eating a few of their own.
If you think things are operating by the book anywhere, you’re dead wrong. Of course the actual Obstruction of Justice must be subtle and well below media radar.
Controlling the cops is somewhat easy for politicians because they control the lives of officers through their jobs, working assignments and pensions.
Because of political corruption the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports system is almost totally unreliable because of local politicians and their police chiefs.
They have learned that they can skew statistics to get additional federal funding or to hide things like murders from the public. They’ve found creative ways of making crime statistics appear almost anyway they want.
I’ve been both a cop and an investigative TV news producer over the last four decades and have seen this all-first hand.
The police agencies have learned that they can control information by the use of Public Information Officers. These are the kind of people that know how to do exactly what they’re told by superiors.
PIO’s are not there to disseminate information but to protect and hide it. They provide not a single syllable beyond what the public record demands. They do this with a broad smile and appearance of cooperation.