Sting operations have always bothered me, because it allows police and other members of “law enforcement” (a term that’s becoming increasingly ironic) to break the law in order to catch law-breakers. If it’s true what police say that “laws are laws,” and that no one is above the law, then that means no one, not even cops, should be allowed to break the law.
Police officers have a message for state lawmakers: Undercover officers need to be able to have sex with prostitutes.
It’s a message they’re pressing as legislators weigh a bill that would crack down on prostitution. As part of that bill, lawmakers initially did away with an existing exemption allowing officers on duty to have sex with prostitutes during investigations. But after testimony from Honolulu officers, the bill was amended to restore that protection.
The revised proposal has passed the state House and will go before a Senate committee Friday.
Authorities say they need the legal protection to catch lawbreakers in the act, and strict internal controls prohibit misconduct.
“The procedures and conduct of the undercover officers are regulated by department rules, which by nature have to be confidential,” Honolulu Police Maj. Jerry Inouye recently told the House Judiciary Committee. “Because if prostitution suspects, pimps and other people are privy to that information, they’re going to know exactly how far the undercover officer can and cannot go.”
Um…am I the only one who thinks this is absolutely ridiculous? They’re trying to “crack down” on prostitution by engaging in prostitution. Essentially, police will be given full immunity when they decide to force themselves on prostitutes. And they’ll be doing it for our protection, I presume?
Can you imagine a scenario where police officers promise to “make things go easier” on prostitutes as long as they promise to give the cops what they want? Or maybe the police would promise not to arrest the prostitute if she let the cop have his way with her. That would never happen, right? This isn’t any sort of invitation for misconduct by the police, is it?
The Honolulu police spokes(wo)man reassured everyone that “all allegations of misconduct are investigated, and the appropriate disciplinary action taken.” Uh-huh. We all know what would happen if allegations were made against Honolulu cops for taking advantage of prostitutes. There would be an internal “investigation,” which would likely find nothing wrong, all while the cop is on paid administrative leave.