CHP shame–Don’t let one bad apple spoil the bunch??????
I understand that we are human, prone to making mistakes and are completely fallible. I know that everyone at some point in their lives have formed opinions on others based on surface values–race, gender, weight, level of education, etc. It is hard to obstain from obscene behavior when we feel justified in thinking a particular way. But that doesn’t mean it is impossible to obstain. And for CHP officer Seth Taylor, well, keeping his mouth shut would have been in his best interest.
Taylor pled guilty to four counts of hate-crime allegations, including yelling ethnic epithets at two Latinos and even threatening to shoot another man. And what is his punishment? Termination? Nope… Office duty.
Hmmm… Office duty–the punishment doesn’t seem to fit the crime. Not only that, but CHP administrators tried to block Taylor’s name from being released. So if and when he should do it again, it would just get swept under the carpet and the victims would see no justice? Even minor Brian McInerney’s name was released… though his hate-crime was beyond fathomable.
The point is the public shouldn’t have to deal with public servants who are outright racists and our public agencies should not protect them. Those who commit crimes are criminals, even if they have a squeaky clean record.
It is so disappointing to hear of corrupt officers and corrupt agencies we look to protect and serve us. We have enough hatred and corruption in the world… the last place we need it is in law enforcement.