CommonWealth examines police misconduct and the gradual dismantling of a program that was meant to get cops help before they got in trouble - a program established after the Carol Stuart debacle in 1992.
These are just the payments for abusive behavior where there were enough witnesses that the police couldn't trump up charges or intimidate the victim sufficiently. This is a tiny percentage of what goes wrong in how police treat people.
The article lays a pretty good case for reform. Thanks for highlighting this, I haven't seen this reported elsewhere till now.