• Paul Lucas

    The Police departments need to have separate insurance for themselves to cushion the liability that puts the city in this position. The insurance industry would do alot more to stop this kind of behavior than would any council government.

    • David Zenger

      No. The issue is who should pay the premium and the deductible. It should NOT be the public. I wonder if anyone would even insure against punitive damages incurred by the police.

  • LFOldTimer

    No wonder nothing ever changes.

    • David Zenger

      The chiefs’ lawyers are worried about “the signal it would send” by the
      public not indemnifying police misbehavior. Well, what about the signal it
      sends by doing it? That signal is loud and clear: as long as you are cop
      you will NEVER be held accountable for anything you do. It also means a tacit admission that whatever they did they did for the good of the city with the city council’s tacit approval. That’s what the Westminster Council just signed up for.

      • LFOldTimer

        Sort of blows the old “higher standard” baloney sky high, eh David? If anything it’s a “lower standard”. And how exactly does that instill confidence on part of the community? Then they take offense when the people question their behavior and the amount of money we pay them and show disrespect. ha. I’ve always been taught that respect is earned. You can’t pull it from thin air. Either it’s there or it’s not. Sort of like love. And the ones who don’t have it only have themselves to blame. The citizens of Westminster should shun their Council and petition for recalls.

  • David Zenger

    Ridiculous. Why is the public on the hook for the personal bad behavior of city employees? Those chiefs had no civic duty to racially discriminate, right?