A couple gets arrested for having oral sex on a plane. Consensual activity. They are fined $250 each in a plea deal. The man loses his job.
A Federal Air Marshal gets arrested for taking pictures up women’s skirts on board an airplane while he is supposed to be looking for terrorists. A non-consensual act. Bartsch was arrested, and according to a police report had taken 10 to 12 photos. He told authorities he had done it before. He MAY be suspended or terminated. He is charged with ‘disorderly conduct’ (a misdemeanor) instead of being charged under Tennessee’s video voyeurism law. That law is a class E felony, and carries a penalty of 1-6 years in prison.
This guy was charged for the same thing in my neck of the woods. It must be good to be one of the anointed ones.
Anonymous · October 20, 2013 at 5:16 pm
Not sure if this degree of lawlessness within the law enforcement community is getting more rampant, or it's been this way all along and I've just never noticed it or it wasn't widely reported on but either way it is past time to to reign these badged criminals in.
I've read far too many stories recently of LEO's shooting non-aggressive animals, SWAT teams dispatched to serve simple warrants, militarized police units kicking down doors in the middle of the night and destroying property and sometimes killing residents whose crime was being in the wrong place at the wrong time, LEO's performing full cavity searches on the side of the highway in plain view of passing motorists, but I rarely if ever read any stories about any of these officers being disciplined for their misconduct and criminal actions. Law enforcement does not mean being above the law. I saw an interesting quote earlier: What you allow, is what will continue. I say it's time to stop allowing such nonsense to continue.
That's not to say we should try to fight LEO's, but if more and more people film encounters with officers and pursue justice through our judicial system, hopefully the law will start to get the idea that they will be held accountable for their actions.
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