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POLL: Do Police Officers Get Off Easy?

It's always the talk of the town when a police officer gets caught breaking the law - The Truro Police Chief was just arrested for OUI, Barnstable Detective Edmund Scipione was arrested this summer for OUI and child endangerment, and more.

Not only can the common citizen break the law, but also the people set to enforce the rules - the police. 

There seems to be no shortage of examples of police breaking laws. However, the two most prominent stories that come to top of mind is the recent arrest of the Truro Police Chief who allegedly crashed his cruiser into a tree while drunk and Barnstable Police Detective Edmund Scipione who was arrested after taking a child on a horrifying 7.5 hour car ride, crashing and charged with OUI and child endangerment. 

A story by the Cape Cod Times revealed that Truro Chief John Lundborn had a prior incident that could have led to criminal charges, he allegedly groped a woman in a Provincetown bar. However, he just got a slap on the hand in the form of an official apology.

On the other hand, in a great My View article on the Cape Cod Times aptly named "And 400 Cops Who Don't Drive Drunk," the point is made there are plenty of great cops who get bad wraps from a few apples with bad judgement. The work of being an officer is not easy. 

Do you think police officers get special treatment when they err on breaking the law? Do you think police officers deserve special treatment for all their hard work? Do you think all is fair?

Marg October 20, 2011 at 01:09 PM
Police officers DO NOT get off easy. They have so much to deal with, I'm not surprised some of them end up falling off the wagon or falling into a wagon that damages them personally, emotionally and physically. Being an officer is not easy. Most people right off the bat do not like police officers. Every time I see flashing lights in my rearview my heart pounds for a second with fear - and I'm not even doing anything wrong!
Brenda October 20, 2011 at 01:29 PM
Even if Chief Lundborn isn't prosecuted to the full extent of the law, he has been publicly humiliated for his disgraceful wrong doing. I consider that a severe punishment. We do, can, and should expect more of police officers. They have the authentic authority to enforce the law but they most certainly aren't above it.
mardi sawyer October 20, 2011 at 04:00 PM
Doctors and police officers protect each other. Alcohol and drug abuse is rampant in those two professions. Too bad! Our public safety is in jeopardy! Throw the book at them and quit calling it a disease!
Oscar October 20, 2011 at 04:13 PM
It's all the things that we don't know about that they have gotten away with? Makes you think that it's all about who you know, who you are, and how much money you have! Personally, the Barnstable Police are not able or capable of dealing with the epidemic of opiod abuse among our cape young people. Don't just have underage kids that are addicts "rat out" other kids in the same situation! Pathetic! Help these kids not hurt them!
Irene October 20, 2011 at 07:39 PM
Substance abuse is alive and well in ALL walks of life. In the life of a Police Officer or Fireman, we are so blessed and privileged to have them. With inside knowledge of their everyday duties, I am amazed that the majority are not addicted to something to numb the pain of what they see every single day. Stop and think, at any given moment they may be faced with cases involving rape, incest, pornography, sex offenders, death, domestic abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, motor veh. accidents with severe injuries and many times fatal, children being abused, wives being abused, elder abuse, mentally challenged abuse, family abuses, abusive and uncontrolled drunks, drug addicts, children threatening to kill parents, parents out of control, weapons, guns, knives, blood, guts, mental illness, loud abusive disgusting people who have no respest for anyone, much less Police or Fireman, every single day of their lives. Need i go on? I'm sure the Officer didn't set out to break the law when he proudly applied to uphold our laws. And, it's a small amount of offenses that plague a larger group of Proud, Honest, Courageous, Loving, Caring, Strong, and Respectful Officer's of the law. I don't codone nor condemn the Police Chief nor any other Officer, they are so judged in the media anyway, their suffering begins then and they will pay their dues, one way or another. We should have more resources and help available and not condemn them when they, in fact, are at the end of their ropes.
Sean Walsh December 23, 2011 at 03:23 PM
It's a fairly simple dyanmic to comprehend: police - soldiers - firemen - EMTs - they are all human beings, not plastic bobblehead superheroes. Once we expect them to be more than what they are, then the level of expectation has become unattainable. Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone commits sins. No one is perfect. We villify these people in the press but when was the last time we saw a "top of the fold" story celebrating something good these people have done? We've become a society ready to crucify any and everyone at the merest whisper of error. Nelson Mandela said it best when he spoke about the "power of forgiveness." We should all learn to practice it - we need to stop allowing our fellow man the audience to listen to every rumor, every tidbit of gossip, every smear of anyone's reputation or character. People will say anything about anyone these days - without impunity - it's all just become fodder for the proverbial "water cooler." Pick up a cell phone or bang out an email - smear away - that's the lesson of the day - try saying something "positive" about someone instead of letting insecurity, jealousy and ego fuel the words that spill out of one's mouth like so many "bad checks" that can never be cashed in reality.
Al coholic May 19, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Scipione deserves Everything that comes his way, he is as ignorant as they come, what goes down must come up, and karma is a bitch, he loves calling the media on others but hates when it's done to him!!! You never know what you do to others may come back at you ten times worse!!!!

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