It's nice to read one reason for police brutality straight from the horse's mouth, but Mr. Stamper's last sentence is a bit pie-in-the-sky. Shouldn't the cops with a conscience have taken control of cop culture by now? The police as a whole won't "honor the law" unless there is a system in place that: a) gives them incentive to do so, and b) doles out quick and harsh punishment when they don't.
So, why did I abuse the very people I'd been hired to serve?
Not to get too psychological, I did it because the power of my position went straight to my head; because other cops I'd come to admire did it; and because I thought I could get away with it. Which I did--until a principled prosecutor slapped me upside the head and demanded to know whether the U.S. Constitution meant anything to me.
It comes down to this: real cops, those with a conscience, those who honor the law, must step up and take control of the cop culture.
Also, don't miss this first in a two part series on the costs of police brutality. It makes a point that has the potential to get through even the thickest ditto-head skull: police brutality is ultimately expensive to taxpayers.