Corruption in Local Law Enforcement


Mark Peterson, a veteran officer of the Provo Police Department is currently undergoing investigation. Not too long ago, Jeffrey Westerman, another Provo officer, was investigated for threatening to send a woman to jail for a traffic incident if she didn't show him her breasts (more information on the story available at HeraldExtra.com and DeseretNews.com).

Investigations of local law enforcement are often rooted with corruption and abuse of power. How many times have we heard of demented, gross and horrifying stories of police officers harassing female drivers? How often do we see footage of police officers beating up someone from their "dash cam"?

It seems that a qualification for a police officer is to have a knack for abusing power and taking advantage of civilians. Police officers in these situations deserve to be thrown to the curb and defamed in order to ensure that it won't happen again.

However, in the case of Mark Peterson, being thrown to the curb may be too harsh of a punishment. According to the Deseret News, Peterson has been accused of holding his police-issued gun to the head of his girlfriend, who Argyle found with another man.

If these accusations are true, Peterson may be guilty of making a rash, angry and obscene decision--but not abusing his power as a police officer.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think you're mistaken about the police officer being investigated. In the articles I found on the Daily Herald and Deseret News websites, it lists an officer by the name of Mark Petersen in the incident involving a police officer pulling a gun after finding his girlfriend with another man.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700074792/Provo-officer-accused-of-pulling-gun-on-girlfriend-sources-say.html

http://www.heraldextra.com/news/state-and-regional/utah/article_2276becc-600f-509d-a7ac-b6e7c5022c44.html

I guess your argument is still valid (although a little too generalized for me, seeing as there are way more good cops than bad cops), but be careful with checking your facts before printing names. I don't think you have to worry about a libel suit being brought against you, but it does bring into question your credibility, even as a blogger.

Cait said...

Thank you for catching that. I changed it.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand what it is about a man with a gun in his hand. Just because you are licensed to carry a weapon, wouldn't you think that this would be humbling and the gun would not be worn until absolutely necessary? Was the police officer on duty when this happened? If he wasn't, why on Earth was he still carrying his gun? Lock it up and this wouldn't have happened.

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