Are the Billings Police Above the Law?
Are the police in Billings out of control? I’m not talking about the fact that Billings police officers killed two people within 24 hours last week, nor even that 12 people have been shot and killed by law enforcement officers in Billings in just the past six years. While those deaths—and the shocking number of “officer-involved killings” in Montana certainly deserve more attention, my focus today is on another way officers are not held accountable: when they are involved in professional misconduct and not named. The Billings Gazette reports today that three BPD officers have been suspended without pay for