January 13th, 2010


dirty cops, a dirty AG, and the election

If you follow the local media at all, you're probably aware that Boston police object so much to their actions being filmed that they often arrest people on false charges in order to prevent it.

I will be impressed if anyone can come up with a plausible reason they would do this (and their superiors would support them), other than the following:

Boston police routinely lie in court and are afraid their testimony will be contradicted by video evidence.

The US Department of Justice is responsible for investigating and prosecuting cases of police corruption nationwide. If you are concerned about police corruption in your town, you can write to askdoj@usdoj.gov for help.

Massachusetts' own attorney general is, unfortunately, Martha Coakley, who consistently shows herself to be an opponent of transparency in government. She supports police and DAs even when they are dishonest and corrupt, rather than standing up for the rights of the citizens of the commonwealth as her duty requires.

On Tuesday, January 19th, she will be standing for election as a Democrat for the Senate seat held by the late Ted Kennedy. The election is fairly close, and the Senate seat is important to the health care fight, but I cannot stomach voting for Ms. Coakley.