Doping i politiet

Danske betjente tager steroider (politiken.dk)

Politifolk er ligesom alle andre folk, dvs. at de også godt kan lide at bruge visse stoffer som er forbudte. Det gælder både rusmidler og doping.

For tiden sidder en betjent på anklagebænken i Københavns Byret – sigtet for at have købt og videresolgt anabole steroider. Indtil sagens start var den 37-38-årige mand ansat i Rigspolitiet, nu er han forflyttet til en anden afdeling. Ifølge tiltalen forsøgte han også at sælge væksthormoner til en kollega.

Historien om den sigtede betjent er ikke enestående. De seneste år har danske medier jævnligt omtalt sager om danske politifolk på steroider. Samtidig oplyser Anti Doping Danmark nu, at organisationen kun har samarbejdsaftaler med træningscentre på et par politistationer.

Ikke overraskende, så når man sætter en gruppe mennesker til at holde øje med at folk ikke bruger visse stoffer, og denne gruppe selv bruger disse stoffer, så får man resultatet at love bliver ignoreret. Det er klart. Det er farligt at have en sådan kultur blandt de mennesker som skal holde øje med at andre mennesker følger loven. En sådan praksis fører nemlig til korruption og dække-over-hinanden kultur.

Politiken har talt med en yngre betjent fra hovedstadsområdet, der bekræfter, at ordensmagten har et dopingproblem.

»Misbruget af steroider i politiet bliver bare ignoreret, men der er mere, end folk tror«, siger manden, der ønsker at være anonym, da »der er en indgroet kultur om, at man ikke sladrer om hinanden – og man skal nok mærke, hvis man gør det«.

Dopingproblematikken i politiet er også kendt uden for Danmarks grænser. Som omtalt i Politiken søndag er norsk politi netop nu i gang med Europas største sag om steroider, og i den var en del af kunderne ansat i ordensmagten.

Sammenlign med den kendte Serpico-sag fra USA (som også er filmatiseret):

While the Knapp Commission began its investigation of corruption in the police department in June 1970, public hearings didn't start until October 18, 1971. In addition to the testimony of 'lamplighters' (whistleblowers) Serpico and Durk, testimony from dozens of other witnesses, including former Police Commissioner Howard R. Leary, corrupt patrolmen and the victims of police shakedowns, were heard.

As an immediate result of the testimony of the witnesses, criminal indictments against corrupt police officials were handed down. Commissioner Patrick V. Murphy was appointed by Mayor Lindsay shortly after the commission was formed to clean up the department, implement proactive integrity checks, massive transfers of senior personnel, job rotation in key areas, ensuring sufficient funds to pay informants, and cracking down on citizen attempts at bribery.

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"Grass Eaters" and "Meat Eaters"

The Knapp Commission Report on Police Corruption identified two particular classes of corrupt police officer, which it called "Grass Eaters" and "Meat Eaters". This classification refers to petty corruption under peer pressure ("eating grass") and aggressive premeditated major corruption ("eating meat").

The term "Grass Eaters" is used to describe police officers who "accept gratuities and solicit five, ten, twenty dollar payments from contractors, tow-truck operators, gamblers, and the like but do not pursue corruption payments." 'Grass eating' is something that a significant number of officers are guilty of, but which they learned to do so from other cops or from imitating the deviants they watch and investigate every day. The commission even concluded that 'grass eating' was used by police officers in New York City to prove their loyalty to the brotherhood, and with that came incentives like side jobs. One method of preventing cops from becoming corrupt is to eliminate this step by removing veteran cops who do this, without any veteran cops to learn this from, new officers might decide to never 'eat grass'.

"Meat Eaters" are officers who "spend a good deal of time aggressively looking for situations they can exploit for financial gain." An example of this is shaking down pimps and illict drug dealers for money, not only for the material profit to the officers, but for the relief from guilt that the officers derive by convincing themselves that their victims deserve such treatment. They justify taking advantage of these kinds of criminals because they are considered the dregs of society."

 

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