This all boils own to lack of $$ incentives for police agencies to do real and thorough policing.
Instead of swatting marijuana users (recreational and medical pot criminalization) , the cops need to get off the drug-war-gravy-train (Fed$$) and their asset forfeiture bonanza ) and protect countless victims of sexual assaults. Missouri is the latest example of how distorted police priorities are regarding “public safety.” Read more. Notable in this abhorrent failure to investigate, is the fact that cops have to re-open years old rapes and assaults, and then track down the victims, many of whom are still traumatized and have feelings of abandonment and shame since being attacked. Other jurisdictions, which have cleared their backlogs, found numerous examples of serial rapists left to roam the streets for years. It is apparent there is little to no concern about this until the media started embarrassing law enforcement (LE) around the entire US. Here is the a lady who poked a stick at the slumbering policemen on duty.
Read this new NPR interview with a journalist who has spent over a decade dragging the truth out of LE agencies about their failure to prosecute real crime. She talks about where the real resistance to investigate and the challenges police face when this evidence is properly handled.
Judge tosses case over prosecutor misconduct
An assault case in Jefferson Circuit Court was dismissed Tuesday by a judge who ruled an assistant commonwealth’s attorney “altered” evidence that was “deliberately not disclosed and concealed” from the defense counsel. Read more.