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Monday, September 15, 2008

[IN] Regarding Officer Brooks and other sworn arrestees

...Police officers are public servants, same as the politicians who control their department. Like all of us, they need to lead normal, off-duty lives, and that includes socializing. But they can never forget they are police officers, sworn to uphold the law and not break it.

Previous entries:

  • April 13, 2008 - [IN] Officer Brooks' ominous calls and visit result in no arrest - ...Brooks was taken to police headquarters, questioned and released an unknown time later. Brooks was not arrested or booked... In the internal investigation, police owe it to the citizens of Anderson to explore whether Brooks should have been charged immediately and to give a full explanation as to why he wasn’t...
  • July 17, 2008 - [IN] Coddling the good Officer Brooks, or - "To be violent is to be human" - ...“Brooks will not be arrested. Anderson City Court Prosecutor Eric Saltzmann said a summons will be sent to his home, citing him... [Defense Atty. Williams] "What helps Linc when it comes to the department is his 10 years of clean conduct. He’s a good guy who’s very well thought of by the department and the community. He’s human...”
EDITORIAL: Police officers must obey the law
The Herald Bulletin
September 13, 2008
[Excerpts] We believe: Police need to act quickly after an officer is arrested to assure the public that there is control of the department It’s a truism that those who enforce the law are also subject to that law should they break it. It’s also true, or should be, that police officers who know the law will hold themselves within its bounds. This hints that police officers should hold themselves to a higher standard when it comes to the law. That’s true, too. This summer, there have been five arrests of police officers in Madison County, four from Anderson Police Department and one from the Elwood Police Department... The number of arrests in a short time period seems unusually high for a segment of the populace that enforces laws for a living. Intoxication has played a role in each arrest of APD officers. Lincoln Brooks and Darin Benson were arrested on public intoxication charges, and Joshua Senseney and Steven Ohlheiser were charged with driving while intoxicated... When incidents such as these take place, department leaders must act quickly to bring officers back in line. Failure to do so will lead to a big drop in public respect for the department. Citizens will perceive that police officers feel themselves above the law. Police officers are public servants, same as the politicians who control their department. Like all of us, they need to lead normal, off-duty lives, and that includes socializing. But they can never forget they are police officers, sworn to uphold the law and not break it. [Full article here]

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