Martin Halloran, president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, offered up uncommonly self-aware criticism of vice cop methods recently. He called into question the reliability of the paid informants police rely upon when commenting on the indictments of Sergeant Ian Furminger and his crew.
In order to be useful, informants must be drug dealers just like the ones the police are targeting. Except that they’re more dishonest and backstabbing. And they get paid to come up with their tips. No boy scouts here, just criminals in the employ of the San Francisco Police Department.
If the cops don’t trust their informants, why do we?