Weekly: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories 10/21/05

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The corrupt cop beat is lonely this week. Only one case worth mentioning, and in that one a Pennsylvania detective apparently got away with the goods. Without further ado:

In Whitpain, Pennsylvania, an investigation into drugs missing from the township police department's evidence room has concluded without any charges being filed, the Philadelphia Reporter noted last week. According to Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor, former police Detective Sgt. William Bunting was named by other law enforcement officers as the probable culprit, but Castor couldn't make the case.

"We were asked by the Chief (Joseph Stemple) to investigate narcotics that went missing from the evidence room‚" Castor said. "We were unable to determine how the drugs became missing." That was because department policy allowed too many people access to the evidence room, he said. "We couldn't determine with sufficient particularity who we thought was stealing the drugs‚" Castor said. He added that he had written a letter to the department urging it to "drastically tighten up" its policies. Chief Stemple said he has now done that.

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