New Mexico Officer Not Charged After Having Sex On Car Hood

According to an article on yahoo.com, recently a New Mexico state policeman was recorded on a surveillance camera having sex with a woman on the hood of a car. What's more is that he was in his uniform and apparently on duty. According to the same article, the state police department announced today that no charges will be filed against the unnamed officer. The police department reasoned that criminal charges would not be filed because the officer did not commit a crime.

Some Role Model

People generally hold law enforcement officers to a higher standard than the average person and thus believe that these officer's will behave themselves in a manner that reflects that standard. Police officers are charged with the duty to enforce the law and thus should be extremely careful that they follow it, particularly in a public situation. This is especially important because young children often look up to police officers. Many of whom wish to become police officers when they reach adulthood.  Unfortunately, this officer acted in a manner that no mother would approve let alone tolerate. Although I recognize that all people make mistakes, this officer let society down.

In House Discipline The Best Option?

Today a New Mexico police department spokesmen announced that the eight year veteran officer has been placed on administrative leave and will be subject to further discipline by the department. I feel that the police department is making a huge mistake by refusing to make an example of this officer via criminal charges. Additionally, the department is missing a valuable opportunity to deter similar conduct amongst its officers in the future.  I believe that this questionable decision will have long term ramifications as it may take years before the police department can rehabilitate its image in the eyes of New Mexico citizens.  If I were the D.A. I would immediately step in and make sure this man is criminally charged.

What do you think? Should the officer be held accountable criminally for his actions? Or, is the police force's use of in house disciplinary procedures the proper form of punishment in this case?

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