Cops are Crooks


Fifth Estate # 61, Sept. 5-18, 1968

WASHINGTON, D.C. (LNS)—The U.S. Justice Department has released results of a study conducted for it by the University of Michigan which states that twenty-seven per cent of all policemen “were either observed in misconduct situations or admitted to observers that they were engaged in misconduct.” Two-thirds of this group were seen “in some form of conduct that could be classified as a felony or misdemeanor,” while the rest admitted such naughty acts.

These acts included shakedowns (mostly of traffic offenders), perjury (both in aid of and against defendants), thefts from burglarized businesses, and pay-offs to ignore law violations and illegal establishments. The report specifically excluded free meals, drinks and other minor favors, which were said to be extremely common.

The study also noted that most police carry an extra gun or knife, to use as “evidence” of resistance or attack situations where someone is killed or injured.