Political Policing

Roll Call reports (subscription) today that an investigation headed up by the acting chief of the Capitol Police has concluded that the car crash involving Patrick Kennedy last week was “a symptom of a broader problem of ‘political policing’ being encouraged by agency brass.”

From Roll Call:

Union officials are particularly upset that the officer who responded to Kennedy’s accident was not allowed to complete his investigation at the scene but was instead ordered to leave the scene while Kennedy was given a ride home by department officials. While Kennedy blamed his accident on the interaction between two medications he had been prescribed, the traffic report filed from the incident listed alcohol as a factor in the crash.

Philip Weiss has an interesting take on Kennedy over on his new blog, MondoWeiss.

—Nicole Brydson Political Policing