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Sunday, April 21, 2024

A national consultant is recommending monthly audits of police traffic stops in Connecticut to restore public confidence following the highly-publicized scandal involving state troopers falsifying ticket data.



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... The recommendation was outlined in a report commissioned by the Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project, a state-funded group that analyzes traffic stop data.

"The goal was to devise a system that ensures integrity of traffic stop data collection," Jeff Schlanger, founder of IntegrAssure, a national consultant for police practices, recently told the profiling project's board. ...

The report comes as a federal grand jury continues to a criminal investigation into state police ticketing practices after an audit conducted by the profiling board found a "high likelihood" hundreds of state troopers over an eight-year period submitted at least 26,000 false and inaccurate traffic stop data records to the state police computer system. A subsequent report commissioned by Governor Ned Lamont concluded most troopers flagged likely did not intentionally falsify the data, but between 12 and 15 troopers were referred for further investigation to examine potential wrongdoing.

The audit was prompted by CT Insider reports in 2022 about four troopers who were found to have created hundreds of "fictitious" tickets within the state police system to boost their production numbers and look better in the eyes of supervisors. ...

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-04-20 01:49 AM | Reply

That sounds a lot like Fraud, which victimizes both the taxpayers of the State of Connecticut, as well as the State its self.

Connecticut AG should be investigating, and if malfeasance is discovered, should be prosecuting each and every LEO involved or simply aware of the fraud, to the highest extent of the law.

This is a big effing deal.

#2 | Posted by Wardog at 2024-04-20 09:27 AM | Reply

The police are a Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2024-04-20 12:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#2 ... That sounds a lot like Fraud, which victimizes both the taxpayers of the State of Connecticut, as well as the State its self. ... This is a big effing deal. ...

How so?

Based upon what happened, and the solution provided, how is this what you assert it is?

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-04-21 10:39 PM | Reply

@#3 ... The police are a Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization. ...

My big concern about the police is the usually unmentioned Blue Wall of Silence, where apparently good police hide the bad deeds of bad police.

If the police are to "protect and serve" then why are those who do not seem to do that protected by silence?

Just one example...

The blue wall of silence perpetuates racist policing, wrongful convictions

... Prosecutors chipped away at the blue wall of silence this month when they called current police officials to testify against former police officer Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd last May"an important step in normalizing the denouncement of police misconduct.

Some police officers openly engage in unethical, immoral, and even illegal behavior, but they are often protected by what is known as the blue wall of silence"an unofficial agreement between law enforcement not to challenge each other's misconduct. Among other things, this code perpetuates bias-motivated policing and wrongful convictions.

What is the blue wall of silence?

The blue wall of silence is inspired and maintained by the strong subculture in policing. Former police lieutenant with the Boston Police Department, Tom Nolan, argues that the subculture promotes a "cult of masculinity" that enforces deliberate misrepresentation. In his essay, "Behind the Blue Wall of Silence," he discusses how he was tasked with teaching officers "creative report writing" that told a rendition of the truth that was designed to hide an officer's wrongdoings. He also discusses how the worst thing a police officer could do was not brutality or corruption but rather talking to the media. Nolan argues that secrecy is promoted and rewarded time and time again, and, beyond that, Nolan says mastering secrecy is seen as a representation of masculinity. Considering the value placed on concealing the truth in the subculture of policing, it makes sense that officers are reluctant to call each other out.

"Cops don't rat on cops," former FBI agent Philip Hayden wrote in an opinion column for USA Today. "That blue wall is one of many factors that further pushes the widening divide between the world as seen by law enforcement and the world experienced by the citizens whom officers are sworn to protect." ...

... "Cops don't rat on cops," ...

Yup, that is the problem, not the solution.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-04-21 10:46 PM | Reply

Cops lie on the stand. That's a fact.

#6 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2024-04-22 11:53 AM | Reply

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