Monday, February 09, 2009

Criminal with a Badge

Cop Guilty of Kidnapping and Robbing Dealers, Reselling Drugs Does this fall under the heading that you can't steal from a thief, or that cops always have the best drugs?
The evidence at trial showed that from November 2003 through April 2006, Sease conspired with other Memphis police officers to use their authority as law enforcement officers, including their service weapons, to rob suspected drug dealers of cash, cocaine and marijuana. Sease and his co-conspirators would then resell the stolen drugs for their own profit. The government introduced proof of 16 separate robberies, as well as one attempted robbery. In each robbery, Sease or another uniformed Memphis police officer, would pull over a car containing suspected drug dealers and steal whatever drugs and cash that they found.
Lots of pithy quotes from the FBI, acting DA, etc. all looking for the killer sound-byte no doubt. Talk of what a badge is meant for and other platitudes, but my favorite is, "Effective law enforcement begins with honest law enforcement," from Lawrence J. Laurenzi, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. This guy must be some kind of Einstein. Of course, that "honest law enforcement" isn't always easy to find.

Now, before you jump all over me and tell me how great LEOs are, let me say that most cops are decent people. But there are places, like Chicago, certain areas of LA and other places where the bad apples are a very large minority of the whole. And in too many places, even the good cops don't want to be rats. If you are I had that position, we would be accessories after the fact or obstructing justice or something. [via KABA]

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