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...hat are settled behind closed doors obscure our perception of the police by denying the public the facts of cases of crimes against their community by police officers. Furthermore, taxpayers in some cities pay up to three different fees for officers to first repeatedly commit abuses, to cover their salary while they commit the abuses, next to pay settlements or civil jury awards, and finally through payments into police defense funds to protect the community from misconduct. It is important to note that these funds are not taken from the police budget but from general city funds so every time there is a civil suit against police misconduct, the public pays the price. Imagine if every instance of police violence was brought through the legal system how much more money would be wasted, compared to the small fraction of cases of misconduct that are reported today.
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