In Roswell, Georgia they crafted various versions, depending on who requested them. Here in Glynn County, I am aware of a report that was written by a supervisor who was not at the scene.
OSSI, an incident reporting system popular with many police departments in Georgia, labels the officer narrative with a banner: “the information below is confidential – for use by authorized personnel only.”
Georgia law allows for no such exception to the Open Records Act. If an officer’s narrative is part of the initial incident report, it must be released to anyone who asks for it. In any case, agencies are required to tell requestors that information was redacted or withheld from a public record, and they must cite the relevant code section that authorizes such redactions.
There is, apparently, a persistent perception that the purpose of record keeping and information tracking systems is to make the public official’s job easier, rather than monitoring his/her performance. However, that incident reports are often replete with lies is not necessarily prompted by a desire to cover up negligence of malfeasance. Rather, the false information is, like lies during an interrogation, designed to prompt an admission of wrong doing from an arrestee looking for accuracy.
It is yet another example of turning virtue into vice with no compunction because law enforcers are presumed to be well intentioned. In a sense, the presumption of probity which adheres to all natural persons, has, in practice, morphed into “qualified immunity” for law enforcement. To the point where “innocent until proven guilty”
As implemented, “qualified immunity” negates the principle that unjust orders are not to be followed. But, IMHO, the reason it is necessary to insist on the principle is not only because the temptation to violate the law is persistent, but because violations are actually encouraged as a management strategy. Guilty knowledge serves as an organizational bond. That is how come Robert Sasser was promoted to Sergeant and then Lieutenant despite his penchant for excessive use of force.
Which should clue us in to the fact that Glynn County law enforcement is rotten at the core.
Of course, that the focus of the legislative branches should be on the executive and judiciary, rather than the citizenry, is missing at all levels. Ever since the advent of universal suffrage, the mission has been to institute population-control. If a portion is not subject to special exception, then the impulse is to subject the whole. Authoritarians will notbe denied without a fight.
Then there is the problem that compliant populations seek to extend compliance to validate their perception of virtue.
Finally, is there a variant to the false attribution of agency that accounts for the perversion of vice into virtue? The false perception of virtue by victims?
Also, what is the legal justification for “protecting” the privacy ahd integrity of a vehicle that has been left unattended in a public venue? In the example incident, a person was assaulted, incapacitated and arrested for running away from a cop. The arrest was not legal in the first place. So, did the cop stage the assault for the benefit of the responding back-up? Should a twelve page incident report not have raised supervisory suspicion in the first instance?