Comments on: My union right or wrong: Should rogue cops and football players be defended? Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: akita96th Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:29:19 +0000 Everyone has a right to be defended….Guilty or innocent…But with police unions it seems the guilty are over protected in fact the guilty are never indicted…because of said union…They have rigged the game of fair play and justice….

By: genetics73 Sat, 10 Jan 2015 23:37:32 +0000 Of course they should be defended; the “rogueness” is determined in the court of law, not by a journalistic fiat. It’s bizarre even to pose the question.

By: qrynm111 Wed, 07 Jan 2015 11:46:43 +0000 To equate football players with members of law enforcement is idiotic.

By: asteriod Sun, 04 Jan 2015 17:52:49 +0000 Cops are not football players. Unfortunately as of, late football players have behaved as morons. They should be treated as criminals if they break the law. It’s not the publics responsibility to monitor Football players.
The cops don’t dress up for a “Game” They’re out there on the frontlines 24/7. Not a game when one is dealing with criminals.

By: QuietThinker Wed, 31 Dec 2014 14:34:50 +0000 Maybe unions could benefit everyone if they did the complete opposite. Rather than always defending their members even when guilty, they could defend the innocent members and discipline the guilty? Imagine an auto union that would correct a member installing parts improperly and point out that what he is doing is hurting their customers and in turn hurting future prospects for the jobs of everyone at the plant.

By: ArghONaught Tue, 30 Dec 2014 19:41:18 +0000 Would the same people commentating about strident unions also consider that “wall street”, that ubiquitous term for the financial community, has the entire US Congress doing similar work for most every one of the “wall streeters”?

Although now and then there is a high profile prosecution, white collar and corporate crime is usually overlooked or “punished” by a slap on the wrist, unlike robbing a c-store that leads to years of incarceration.

Neither is proper, but “attacking” one without the other is self serving partisanship.

By: WCL Tue, 30 Dec 2014 18:32:04 +0000 A comparison of the issues confronting police officers and football players is fatuous at best.

A police officer is making split second decisions over life and death with dozens of factors to consider. Having the presence of mind in a situation where the lives of the officer, the suspect and the public are at risk is in no way comparable with the behavior of pro football players who believe they can flaunt society’s rules with no fear of penalty.

I cannot imagine the stress police deal with every day in a high crime area. The lives of pro athletes seems pretty posh by comparison.

It is fair to question the judgements of any organization or individual but comparing the need for strong defense from an organization of police officers to that of pro football players in nonsense.

By: D.Baker Tue, 30 Dec 2014 17:37:16 +0000 The Police Union should have paid for this Strawman misrepresentation!

There is no common denominator.

Buddy did not Knockout his wife on the Fifty Yard Line.

Can’t help but wonder if Police Union Fund investment strategy is hinged on the unaccountably of Police and the sustainable growth of the Prison Industrial Complex,and the continuous supply of bodies too profit.
The similarity to slavery is the overseer who managed field hands, was also immune from prosecution.

By: michaelryan Tue, 30 Dec 2014 15:56:49 +0000 No – they should not be obliged to defend anyone in court that breaks the law.

Yes – they should defend them when employment issues are at stake.

They need to realize that in the court of public opinion, they can do their members more harm than good.

It all boils down to survival techniques. Being in a school of fish, a member of a tribe, a mob participant – may allow you to “survive” or improve your situation. School of fish – ok – mob participant – not ok..

Pat Lynch is making a mistake.. NFL players union is making a mistake.