I read with interest Robert Allen’s letter to the Spokane paper recently. Robert is a graduate of the Gonzaga University School of Law and a retired investigative captain with the Spokane Police Department. Robert outlined the historic value of city officials covering up the illegal actions of law enforcement, in order to minimize the risk of liability lawsuits. The tragic Otto Zehm case in Spokane, comes to mind.
As a student of the theoretical foundation for criminal thinking, some of the basic elements come to mind i.e. a person thinks that they are entitled to things that they haven’t earned or deserve, that the similar anti-social behaviors of others justify their behavior, a strong need to be in control or have power over others, a need to be overly dominant in relationships, don’t care about anybody but themselves, and don’t think that they are responsible for their actions, because it is clearly someone elses fault.
Take this combination of fundamental irrational beliefs and toss in a chronic and progressive disease like alcoholism, drug addiction, or sexual addiction, where boundaries are non-existent, those people in authority, could use some professional help.
James Gordon Perkins