There's been a lot of debate here about the way that journalists cover alleged bad apples among the police, inspired largely by the Daily News' controversial (and in my opinion courageous) series called "Tainted Justice." In recent years, the DN's also been criticized for pushing hard on the issue of police brutality, so I wanted to highlight this interesting take on the topic, which concludes:
Forty-three years ago I was an idealistic, vaguely liberal 21-year-old when the San Diego Police Department hired me. The last thing on my mind was taking to the streets to punish people. And lest there be any doubt about the department's policy, the police academy, even then, drove it home: excessive force was grounds for termination.
So, why did I abuse the very people I'd been hired to serve?