Blue Privilege

Arturo Dominguez
The Antagonist Magazine
6 min readOct 25, 2019

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In cases of misconduct, American law enforcement officers enjoy the protections of police unions and their all but elusive connections to high-ranking officials in local government, local police departments, and district attorneys to maintain secrecy and avoid accountability.

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Police union contracts with cities all over the country offer many protections for officers facing complaints from the public for excessive use of force, corruption, murder, and a whole host of other crimes. These contracts cover everything from withholding information from the public to letting officers view the evidence against them prior to being interrogated.

Union contracts with cities across the nation use language that gives officers an unfair advantage over the legal system. Privileges not afforded to the citizens they are sworn to protect and serve. In addition, they also use language that gives officers access to the names of complainants and the nature of the complaint before being interrogated.

In Houston, the Police Union contract states that officers are to be given access to all witness statements prior to interrogation. Section 30.4 reads as follows: “An officer is entitled to and shall be provided written statements or affidavits received or gathered by the investigative authority from witnesses, officers or supervisors obtained during the investigation before the officer’s

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Arturo Dominguez
The Antagonist Magazine

Journalist covering Congress, Racial Justice, Human Rights, Cuba, Texas | Editor: The Antagonist Magazine |