“ So should we also not quote the police’s version of the story, since they too have a strong self-interest in spinning the story, including a financial incentive to avoid said legal settlements?”
I never said not quote, but both — at least from the perspective of journalism — ought to be seen for what they are, interested parties in a dispute.
“ But cops should be held to the same standards as everyone else, not lower standards. And if a misdeed would get a civilian arrested or charged with lying to police, the same should happen to cops.”
That’s a popular perspective from a specific ideological point of view but legally speaking it simply isn’t true — like it or not, police are authorized to use force on behalf of the community as a whole, so their standard is by necessity.
“ When cops make mistakes and kill innocent people, we excuse their actions based on the understanding that humans make mistakes.”
I wouldn’t say ‘excuse’, at least in my case. What I would say is that, being authorized to use force as part of their duties, their mistakes fall under the rubric of negligence not, unlike the criminal, malice.
Now, if you disagree with all that and want to see police treated like ordinary civilians, get active in your local government and change the LE practices in your municipality. Just don’t be surprised if you don’t like the result…