There is a frightening trend occurring in this country that deserves more attention than it is receiving. The deadly/excessive force and brutality of police officers across the country is creating a dangerous and ugly society. More frightening is the fact that these behaviors are immediately rationalized as necessary and only examined when there is video evidence or an outcry of sufficient size to force an investigation. Complicating matters, several states now have laws that make it illegal to video and or audio record the police. While judges are routinely throwing these cases out, police departments continue to abuse the civil rights of the citizens.
Also complicating matters, the SCOTUS has ruled that police can lie to suspects during interrogations. Surely the court did not intend to give police permission to lie whenever it suits them, thereby creating an environment where the police cannot be trusted. Nevertheless, police have on many occasions lied in court. Whether it was a lie to cover up their illegal actions or a lie to prove a case. Lawmakers and the courts, in an effort to protect police and provide tools to combat criminal activity, have sacrificed integrity for efficiency, creating fertile ground for misuse/abuse of the law by police.