In voting on the last batch, Mr. Young mused that perhaps in the future such settlements should come out of the police department's budget rather than general funds. "I'm talking about bad cops," Mr. Young said. "Let it hit them in the pocket. If their budget is being affected, maybe they will change their behavior." We don't think that would work — first of all, as Mayor Rawlings-Blake observed, the settlements generally involve behavior that occurred years before, and second, the rank-and-file officers who are typically involved in these suits probably aren't, in the heat of the moment, sweating the impact of their actions on the agency's $450 million budget.