When a military service member is dishonorably discharged due to crimes or insulant behavior, they forfeit all future benefits and/or pay they may have earned. The same treatment applies to government employees who get busted for their crooked ways. But for reasons unknown to anyone, the same punishment does not apply to cops.
Though a police officer may lose their job for major infractions such as rape, murder, molestation, bribery, extortion, and the such, and even serve hard-time for their crime against humanity, financially, they’re still set for life. No worries.
Tens of millions of your busted-your-ass-for tax dollars are going into the pockets of retired police officers who have been convicted of every imaginable felony crime. They were above the very laws they swore to uphold and enforce.
These undeserving cops wore their badges as a reflection of power and control, not unlike Nazi stormtroopers, but the worst atrocity is that some of them are still behind bars. And you’re paying them. Yes. You. The crimes that put them there may have even been committed against you or a loved one. How’s that grind your gears?
Since cops do not operate under any federal guidelines, individual states have the final say in what they’ll forfeit and what they can keep, but very few if any of them have anything beyond a set of loosely structured rules subject to any interpretation anyone cares to apply to them.
The Henry A. Wallace Police Crime Database located at Bowling Green State University shows that between 2005 and 2015, over 350 officers who were convicted of felony charges are living on easy street. This figure is minus the 15 states that do not allow access to their financial records so the actual number is substantially higher.
Of the 200 records thoroughly reviewed, over $70 million has been paid out to felon cops in pay and benefits. Just in 2021, the figure will pass the $8 million mark. Collectively, hundreds of millions will go into their bank accounts by the time they all start dying off. But, others will take their places, so…nothing gained.
Bruce Johnsen, a law professor emeritus from Georgetown University, summed things up perfectly when he said, “If you have more serious penalties for misconduct, you’re going to have less misconduct. There’s got be a way to hold their feet to the fire.”
Police pension packages soar above those of other public employees. They can call it quits far earlier and retire with bigger pensions due to the danger factor associated with their job.
Because cops fall under the category of a state government employee, contributions to their retirement are made from the vast pool of other government employees in their state, meaning they end up paying out far less than they will inevitably receive.
Many pension law experts and of course, unions, say even though states often struggle to pay their police officers past and present, they haven’t the authority to change the system. They say no matter how heinous a crime might have been, they cannot renege on their promised payments.
They argue that just because a cop turned bad it should not affect their families who still rely on the monthly check. They still have mouths to feed. They’re “special felons” still deserving of the dignity not afforded to regular felons.
As an example, Derek Chauvin who was convicted of killing George Floyd, upon reaching retirement age, is still due to rake in a cool $1.5 million in retirement pay and benefits. Officer Kim Potter who was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in the killing of Daunte Wright, hasn’t lost one cent of the $2 million she’ll be receiving.
Investigations have been done by so-called experts, and reports have been written, but like many state-level issues, they get swept under the rug, and they’ll continue, and continue, and continue…
Is it an abomination? No need to answer… Will things change? Probably not. We just thought you might want to know where some of your tax money is going. Tell us how it makes you feel?