Shaun King: Take "Settlements" from Police Retirement, NOT City Municpal Fund
I have been saying this for years, so it is very heartening to hear Shaun King saying it too — because a LOT more people listen to him than me. Bravo Shaun for pointing out this glaring massive injustice. Already overly-strained municiple budgets are being busted around the country by literally having to pay-out billions of tax-payer dollars to (rightfully) settle with grieving families who have suffered loss of a loved one due to this rampant epidemic of police violence — violence against the very people who the cops are hired to “protect & serve”.
Thank you Mr. King!!. Make the bastards pay-up themselves, where it hurts, i.e. out of their own retirement funds.
KING: Police officers, departments and pension plans should cover the billions paid out for police brutality ** by Shaun King ** NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ** June 26, 2017,
Police brutality is outrageously expensive. The human costs, in lost lives alone, number nearly 5,000 since 2013. Countless other incidents of police harassment, discrimination and non-lethal brutality have also taken a heavy toll on this country. The enormous physical and psychological costs of police brutality in America can never be fully measured, but the monetary costs can. ~snip~
Here in New York City, $228.5 million was spent on police misconduct lawsuits during fiscal year 2016. At that pace, the city would pay out over $1 billion on police misconduct claims in five years. It’s absurd. That money could be spent on so many different things to make New York better, but instead it’s spent to compensate those who’ve been wronged by brutal cops.
They should. As long as police departments are able to put the bill for their brutality on the backs of everyday people, nothing is going to change about the crisis we are facing.
Pension funds of police departments, paid into by police officers, should be paying out these enormous settlements — not everyday people who had nothing to do with the brutality. Certainly, individual officers who are responsible for police brutality should be held responsible for these claims. Their pensions, investments, savings and salaries should be targeted. As a part of these settlements, officers should have to pay toward those costs for the rest of their lives — no matter how costly it may be. Like those who miss child support payments, police who miss their settlement repayment should go to jail. That would only be fair. Except it seems that conservatives are only about law, order and punishment when it comes to certain types of people — brutal cops are clearly not on that list.Pastiche, ctsnowman, shanti and 30 othersjoentokyo, Calico, nevereVereven, DWSsu, A little weird, libodem, jwirr, Marym625, DamnYankeeInHouston, NJOCK, bbgrunt, Cassiopeia, Iwalani88, retired liberal, GloriaMundi, 99Forever, daleanime, xynthee, Deadpool, aspirant, iggy, twenty, area woman, Dragon Turtle, Hawkowl, Enthusiast, kath, PADemD, SageBlue, Gryneos like this
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