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Should persons in positions of power receive harsher punishments?

http://news.yahoo.com/cops-tried-alleged-fatal-beating-homeless-man-caught-225528732--abc-news-topstories.html

2 Cops charged with murdering a mentally ill homeless man. I am pleased that they have been charged and are hoping they each get sentenced to the max. Don't think the "involuntary manslaughter" charge is sufficient.

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macbudsmom

Asked by macbudsmom at 8:56 PM on May. 10, 2012 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Won't happen. Everybody protects cops unless they REALLY fuck up, unfortunately, this doesn't qualify as a grade-A fuckup.
    FreeForAll

    Answer by FreeForAll at 8:57 PM on May. 10, 2012

  • I'm not sure they'll receive harsher punishment than the average person. Should they? I honestly don't know because this is such a horrible crime that I think I feel like we should just throw away the key.

    I think the standards of law are sufficient, regardless of who does the crime. However, my concern is that there are those who are able to beat the system (for whatever reason) and don't get punished harshly enough.
    BrawnwynII

    Answer by BrawnwynII at 8:59 PM on May. 10, 2012

  • "Won't happen. Everybody protects cops unless they REALLY fuck up, unfortunately, this doesn't qualify as a grade-A fuckup."

    But! But! Riots!

    Actually, all kidding aside, I think it does qualify only because of the video WITH the sound saying "I smashed his fucking face in"

    If they'd done it it front of potential jurors that would have been even better.
    BrawnwynII

    Answer by BrawnwynII at 9:04 PM on May. 10, 2012

  • meooma

    Answer by meooma at 9:04 PM on May. 10, 2012

  • In general, YES. Hitler vs his soldiers. A priest vs a stranger molesting. Hitler and the priest are much more accountable, I think their judgements are taken deeper into account. They are all guilty, however.

    I doubt the cops will rcv harsher punishment because of their jobs, by law, but it could add time.
    txdaniella

    Answer by txdaniella at 9:22 PM on May. 10, 2012

  • I believe, generally speaking, those in power do receive harsher punishments.
    Mom2Just1Kiddo

    Answer by Mom2Just1Kiddo at 9:28 PM on May. 10, 2012

  • That makes me sick! But the fact they even got it on tape doesn't mean a thing. Anyone remember the Rodney King incident?? That was caught on tape, the whole damn disgusting time, and they were found not guilty. One of the very few times I can understand why the LA riots happened. Not saying what they did was right, it wasn't, but I understand why. But as people in powerful positions getting harsher punishments won't happen cause of the Constitution.
    Michigan-Mom74

    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 10:26 PM on May. 10, 2012

  • Law enforcement should be held to a different standard
    adnilm

    Answer by adnilm at 11:41 PM on May. 10, 2012

  • In this case, yes.
    JackieGirl007

    Answer by JackieGirl007 at 11:11 AM on May. 11, 2012

  • i thought there was a general category of crimes involving abuse of power...?
    figaro8895

    Answer by figaro8895 at 12:00 PM on May. 11, 2012

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