From this article in The Atlantic:

After an automobile crash, a young woman suspected of drunk driving was getting checked out for injuries. A California Highway Patrol officer, five-year veteran Sean Harrington, had her cell phone. He found a photo of her in a bikini. So he allegedly sent the image to his own phone, and then, though already guilty of criminal conduct, he forwarded the image to another California Highway Patrol officer.

"Similar isolated incidents have popped up across the nation ever since cell phones became quasi-cameras," Matthias Gafni reports in a follow-up story. "None of the cases found resulted in criminal charges for the accused cops."

If we are to have police, let us ensure that their numbers are filled with the best and most ethical among us. 

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Comment by Michael Penn on October 31, 2014 at 8:21pm

I posted once to this and here is my second take. The cops here are not ethical. It's true that by stealing the woman's picture she will still have her copy, but you never know where the bikini picture will end up or what seeing it may cause a person to believe or think. This type of theft might be devastating for the young woman. It could cost her dearly. In far reaching circumstances it could cost her a job, a relationship, or even her life because of jealousy.

Comment by Michael Penn on October 31, 2014 at 8:12pm

We need more enforcement of common rules here. What's happening to our cops is apparently the same thing that happened when I worked in a factory for 18 years. We were told not to make phone calls or text while working. You could be fired for doing that. None of it appeared to matter. Everyone still carried their cell phones and you could see bosses and others walking around with their heads down as they smiled into their phones.

I guess hiring good help was a real problem.



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