Vincent raised questions over whether Ward received preferential treatment.Why should elected officials, celebrities, athletes and police officers be treated differently than everybody else? That seems hard to justify. Several commenters at the Statesman made that point, with one declaring "WHY is there a different set of rules for one segment of the population? This is wrong, wrong, wrong." Why, indeed!
"The process did not play out the way it was supposed to," he said.
"We have an internal review process on incidents, and we follow that protocol," he said. "The only thing that occurred here is that the county attorney made a decision not to file charges."
Acevedo added that officers frequently review the arrest videos for elected officials, celebrities, athletes, police officers and other high-profile cases.
"Ward's case was treated like any other high-profile incident," Acevedo said. "It was reviewed by the chain of command and submitted to the county attorney's office, who made an independent decision."
OTOH the complaint could backfire for Vincent, who's trying to make hay criticizing the chief to score points with police rank and file in an upcoming, contested union election. Since, according to Acevedo, police officers are the only non-public figures whose cases receive special treatment, one doubts Vincent's union members really would prefer that policy be reversed.
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