Yet for all his disapproval of what the police had done, the judge said he hated to make negative rulings about officers’ credibility. “I don’t like to jeopardize their career and all the rest of it,” he said.I found that the family court is similarly reluctant to find fault with CPS and other govt workers. In my case, Comm. Irwin H. Joseph did eventually find that the testimony of CPS social worker Sally Mitchell was not truthful, but he was reluctant to say so directly.
He need not have worried. The Police Department never learned of his criticism, and the officers — like many others whose word has been called into question — faced no disciplinary action or inquiry.
I don't think that it even mattered. Ms. Mitchell's career in harassing parents and seizing kids does not seem to have been hindered at all by her false testimony in my case.