Thursday, March 17, 2005

Stifling Citizen Complaints: Nevada SB 150, Part II

It's my privilege to publish the following piece by Las Vegas based Juli Alexander, in which she rightfully rails against a proposed bill currently in the Nevada State Senate, one that would make it a misdemeanor to file a complaint considered false against any public official. Coming from the perspective of an active and experienced justice system critic, Ms. Alexander, a mainstay in an organization known as Redress,Inc., poses insightful arguments against this atrocious notion. An abbreviated version ran in the LasVegas Review-Journal on March 16, 2005, but her work warrants exposure in its entirety. Residents of states beyond Nevada should be equally concerned, because, if this unconstitutional crap passes for law in the Silver State, it just might also in yours.

Does that mean that the police ran the DNA evidence through the national DNA data bank in order to identify the real murderer? Nope. Does it mean that the charges against Ruffa were dropped? Nope. Does it mean that the real murderer is out there but that the State, having jumped to a wrong conclusion is trying to convict anyway; perhaps to avoid litigation for false arrest? It happens. The national DNA scandal shows that completely innocent folks have been convicted right up to the death penalty. It's far too easy to convict the innocent.

Ruffa, having asserted his right to a speedy trial, has now been waiting almost three years for a trial which, based on Collins "police tactics" should not even take place, all to the detriment of the taxpayers.

Nevada did a good thing by setting up the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Review Board, which has been facing legal challenges by police who don't want to suffer the scrutiny that their positions demand. That's costing tax dollars, also.

What about the citizen victims of false police reports generated by the police themselves? It happens, people. It scares me that so many citizens still innocently believe that police never lie. I do volunteer work in legal reform, and believe me, I have read enough false police reports by police officers, and transcripts of court cases to state with certainty as a prudent person that not only do police officers lie (and often get away with it), it appears to be common practice.

When jurors believe those lies, innocent victims go to prison. When innocent victims go to prison (more tax dollars) and the guilty party roams free to cause more harm, it's a double travesty of justice. Because, after all, if a person is arrested, they must be guilty, right? Guilty until proven innocent?

Police need far more scrutiny, not less. Police who perjure themselves must be prosecuted for perjury. Police who engage in fraudulent tactics in order to gain a conviction are a scourge on society. Sure, it's a tough job. It takes exceptional people to be good police officers. We have some excellent officers who won't stoop to misconduct and the good ones don't cost us excess tax dollars.

A Senate Bill like this one is just plain scary. I don't want to live in a "police" state. I want fairness and justice. I don't want any person creating laws that could harm me as a person. If "false" complaints levied against them by criminals; even when determined to be unfounded, can ruin careers and take away an officer's effectiveness, there is another solution, and it doesn't involve tampering with our free speech rights... deal with it.

Police lies have ruined Ruffa's life, and so far, remain unpunished. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. You may think that a police officer could never do thisto you... but what will you do if it does?

And oh, by the way... we are passing far too many laws, and society is not getting better as a result of it. This is another attempt to criminalize America. It's just wrong.

Back to Part I


Blogger The Stark Raving Viking said...

Of course any complaint lodged will be considered false, legitimate or not.

Officials want to be above the law, not questioned, and have complete access to your spouse, your wallet, your purse, your life.

Thank you for a good read.

I posted a link to your post in

-Steven G. Erickson aka Vikingas

Blog on.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005 3:29:00 PM  

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