The New Professionalism In Theory; The New Professionalism In Practice
On June 15, 2006, Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court held a fascinating discussion with Justice Stephen Breyer on the "New Professionalism" of the American policeman:
Another development over the past half-century that deters civil-rights violations is the increasing professionalism of police forces, including a new emphasis on internal police discipline. Even as long ago as 1980 we felt it proper to assume that unlawful police behavior would be dealt with appropriately by the authorities, but we now have increasing evidence that police forces across the United States take the constitutional rights of citizens seriously. There have been wide-ranging reforms in the education, training, and supervision of police officers. Numerous sources are now available to teach officers and their supervisors what is required of them under this Court's cases, how to respect constitutional guarantees in various situations, and how to craft an effective regime for internal discipline. Failure to teach and enforce constitutional requirements exposes municipalities to financial liability. Moreover, modern police forces are staffed with professionals; it is not credible to assert that internal discipline, which can limit successful careers, will not have a deterrent effect. There is also evidence that the increasing use of various forms of citizen review can enhance police accountability. [Citations omitted].
At 12:03 a.m. on June 22, 2011, North Carolina Highway Patrol Troopers Edward Wyrick, Jr. and Andrew Smith held an equally fascinating discussion of the New Professionalism, as they texted one another on their mobile computers:
Wyrick: THIS WOMAN REFUSED ALL ROADSIDE TESTING, AND BLEW .00. HER HUSBAND IS A TRIAL LAWYER AND TOLD ME I SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF MYSELF.
Smith: HAHAHAHA FUCK HER AND FUCK HIM. SHE SAY HOW MUCH SHE'D HAD TO DRINK?
Wyrick: SHE SAID 1 DRINK AT 7PM.
Smith: FUCK HER.
At 12:31 a.m., after Trooper Smith had stopped Hoyt Tessener's car behind that of Trooper Wyrick, who was fleeing Tessener in a high speed cruiser after promising that Tessener could follow him to the jail where Wyrick was taking Tessener's wife Gina for the crime of blowing 0.00 on a breathalyzer, Smith resumed his conversation on the New Professionalism:
Smith: TELL HIM IF HE WANTS TO COP AN ATTITUDE TO FEEL FREE AND COME BACK AND ILL STROKE HIM THAT SPEED.
As Justice Scalia tells us, "we now have increasing evidence that police forces across the United States take the constitutional rights of citizens seriously." Just ask Troopers Edward Wyrick and Andrew Smith of the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
Troopers of the North Carolina Highway Patrol would never assume, based simply on the fact that a pretty woman is wearing an evening gown and high heels and driving a Lexus in a beach town and no other evidence at all, that she'd been drinking. And they'd never make up a story about smelling alcohol on her when she had no alcohol in her system whatsoever, and despite that fact that a machine whose sole purpose is to detect alcohol, a machine we're told by judges just like Antonin Scalia is infallible and part of the New Professionalism, cannot detect any alcohol whatsoever.
It must have been the wine all those other people she was around had been drinking, which somehow migrated onto her clothing, and into her car, and all the way with her as she drove across town. Though French parfumiers, though Sri Lankan tea brokers, though (to borrow the language of the New Police Professionalism) FUCKING BLOODHOUNDS couldn't have smelled alcohol on Gina Tessener, Trooper Edward Wyrick is a man of his word. And his nose.
And it was completely unprofessional of Tessener's husband, Hoyt Tessener, to demand an apology from Wyrick when it turned out that Wyrick's nose is more keen than a FUCKING MACHINE WHOSE SOLE PURPOSE IS TO DETECT ALCOHOL. For dragging Hoyt Tessener's wife out of her car, even though the FUCKING ALCOHOL MACHINE SAID SHE'D DONE NOTHING WRONG, handcuffing her, and driving her away, a strange man, against her will, to a cage.
Of course if a non-policeman had handcuffed and kidnapped Tessener's wife, he'd go straight to jail. No jury would convict Tessener for beating the hell out of such a man. But civilians who handcuff women and abduct them, for no good reason, are not part of the police. They lack the New Professionalism. Which is why we send them to jail in the first place. So Tessener shouldn't have gotten so upset, told Trooper Wyrick that he should be ashamed of himself, and then complained to the Governor after he was stopped by another trooper, who was merely adhering to the New Professionalism as he texted his fucking messages to Trooper Wyrick.
Because that's all part of the New Police Professionalism.
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