Saturday, December 24, 2016

To Duterte and Bato: The first duty of a police officer is to prevent crime.

"The first duties of the officers of the law are to prevent, not to punish crime. It is not their duty to incite to or create crime for the sole purpose of prosecuting and punishing it. * * (I)t is unconscionable, contrary to public policy * * *."

- Judge Walter Sanborn 
Butts v. United States, 273 F. 35, 18 A.L.R. 143 (8 Cir. 1921)