Former DA: Planting Guns On Shooting Victims ‘Standard Operating Procedure’ (VIDEO)

Attorney Arthur Aidala is a frequent guest on Fox News. The former Senior Assistant District Attorney for Kings County, NY had a lot of first hand experience in dealing with the troubled NYPD of the 1990’s. In a segment discussing the shooting death of Walter Scott by Officer Michael Slager, he may have revealed an open secret, something long claimed but difficult to prove regarding police, accountability, and their ability to get away with murder.

When I was in the DA’s office in the 80s and 90s, that was standard operating procedure. Police officers — I hate to say this — would keep a second gun that nobody knew about on their ankle, so if they ever killed someone they shouldn’t have they would take that gun out.

As a DA, knowing this, he clearly supported the policy at least indirectly. After all, nobody wants the reputation of being against the police, particularly a DA which is reliant upon them for doing their jobs. A hostile DA-police rapport would render the DA unable to fulfill his duty, so whatever the police wished to get away with, they would.

In this case, he was quite frank on Officer Slager’s situation:

There’s going to be no sympathy for this police officer, except for the fact that it’s a 33-year-old human being who is getting paid $40,000 to protect his own life and protect everyone else’s life. Nobody thinks this cop woke up that morning and said let me go kill somebody. He made split second decisions and they were wrong. Obviously he made wrong decisions. It’s going to be about, in my opinion, how much jail time does he serve.

That it happened in this case has nothing to do with legalities, but everything to do with accountability. Slager shot Scott on camera, while countless other cases were not caught on tape. It was standard procedure to cover for cops shooting innocent people, and truth be told, it still is. Witness the Ferguson grand jury, where the prosecutor not only gave the defendant access, but put a witness on the stand who he knew was lying. All to protect Officer Darren Wilson, who repaid this preferential treatment by quitting his job. And that story is all too familiar. For a former DA to admit it on live television is remarkable.

But unless we do something to hold our police accountable, it means little in the grand scheme of things.