When Cops Get Arrested

Should law enforcement officials be held to a higher standard? Or is it still human to err?

by Heather King

A man who worked for the Winterville Police Department resigned on Monday after getting charged with breaking the law.

Jon Michael Willis is on house arrest, facing charges of making obscene or harassing phone calls, false imprisonment and assaulting a woman.  Winterville Police Chief Billy Wilkes says Willis resigned after his arrest. 

Wilkes also told WITN News, "Officers are just like everybody else, they make mistakes, too."

When officers make "mistakes," or are accused of committing a crime,
it makes headlines.  It might stun us to know how many people are accused of assault, though it is not reported regularly.  Assaults make the news in special circumstances. For instance, when the accused abuser is a police officer.

Should we report when officers or deputies are arrested?  Does it matter how serious the charges against them are?  Ultimately, the real question is whether law enforcement should be held to a higher standard.  We're curious to see what you have to say about this.

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