Policing the Police
Yesterday, Leesburg Today reported on the arrest of a Loudoun County deputy sheriff, the second arrest of a LC deputy this year. The first was a DUI arrest of an undercover officer and this most recent arrest was on assault charges.
To the naïve, this statistic may suggest that the Sheriff’s Office is lacking discipline under Sheriff Chapman. A more sophisticated view, in my opinion, is that these arrests in fact evidence a greater degree of accountability and leadership within the office. Look, there are bad actors in every field. To think that the police (most of whom do not even have a college degree) are somehow above any human shortcomings are simply kidding themselves. If there’s any reason there haven’t been more arrests it’s because the police simply look the other way when it’s one of their own.
Good to see that’s not happening here. At least not all the time.