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  •  Good example. (0+ / 0-)

    This would seem to be a good example of "deprivation of rights under color of law." The troopers committed sexual assaults while pretending to be enforcing the law. If there have been other instances, then the agency can be held responsible for lax supervision. Otherwise, it is good for the individuals to be held to account and face a civil judgement for having perpetrated a tort.
    I'm even inclined to argue that our societal fixation on death leads us to pay less attention than we should to abuses of all kinds. But, as a practical matter, it is in intercepting and preventing a repetition of abuse that we can have most effect.
    Also, involving a female trooper in a criminal act is itself an example of abuse. Making a person share in a crime is a strategy well known to the Mafia. It gives the organization a "handle" in case the recruit is tempted to get out of line. Association by guilt is a common practice in authoritarian organizations. The threat of exposure is a cheap and efficient enforcement tool.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 03:45:26 AM PST

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