This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A Texas DA plays funny with the drug money, so does a Baltimore narc, and cops in Alabama, Georgia, and Oklahoma join the hall of shame. Let's get to it:

too much cash can corrupt cops
In East Brewton, Alabama, a former East Brewton police officer was arrested August 17 for helping his brother burglarize a pharmacy and steal prescription drugs. Former East Brewton Police Lt. Matthew Kirk, 36, was indicted on two counts of burglary, third degree; one count of theft of property, second degree; and one count of an ethics violation. Kirk went down after his brother got popped selling stolen Xanax in Florida and ratted him out. When the brother's hotel room was searched, police found Xanax, oxycodone, methadone, morphine, and hydrocodone, according to previous reports. Kirk is currently being held at the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton on a $100,000 bond.

 In Alice, Texas, the former Jim Wells County district attorney was indicted August 18 for illegally spending more than $200,000 in asset forfeiture funds on himself and three others in his office. Former DA Joe Frank Garza is charged with first-degree felony misapplication of fiduciary property. While the federal indictment uses the $200,000 figure, an audit by Garza's successor found that the former DA had paid $1.2 million in seized funds to his three staff members and $81,000 to himself between 2002 and 2008. The audit found money transferred to employees for car allowances, stipends, reimbursements, advances, audits, travel and contract labor. Under Texas law, DAs may use asset forfeiture funds to supplement staff salaries, but only with the permission of county commissioners. Garza never sought that approval. He was voted out of office in 2008.

In Atlanta, a Clayton County police officer was indicted August 18 on charges he protected drug deals and stole money and guns from drivers during traffic stops. Clayton County Police Officer Jonathan Callahan, 27, faces nine federal charges, including three counts of aiding and abetting the distribution of more than 500 grams of cocaine, two counts of theft for stealing a firearm from a motorist and money from another, and possession of a stolen firearm.

In Baltimore, a former Baltimore narcotics detective was sentenced August 18 to 20 months in federal prison for stealing money that was supposed to be used to pay snitches and stealing property found during drug raids. Former narc Mark Lunsford admitted pocketing $10,000 that he fraudulently claimed had been paid to an informant. He also admitted feeding information about a suspect to that same informant that allowed for a drug raid to take place, then claimed the informant had given him the information and asked for a 20% bonus for the informant, which the two then split. He also admitted to filing false reports and affidavits and stealing several items of expensive jewelry.

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, a Tulsa Police officer who admitted committing crimes was fired August 19 after a Tulsa Police internal investigation revealed he had 'fessed up to the FBI during its investigation of the Tulsa corruption scandal that just keeps on giving. Officer Eric Hill was fired after making admissions during a June 7 interview with the FBI and federal prosecutors. He told the feds he had "replaced" drugs that officers failed to find at drug raids with dope that he or other officers brought to the scene. He also admitted receiving $500 stolen during a drug investigation.

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Corrupt Cops

Here is a story of a corrupt cop:  A pair of 8 year old boys exit the school bus.  On their walk home they pass by a road speed sign and there are red balloons tied to it near a sign advertising a dance studio.  Now, these items are illegally attached to a public road sign, but that doesn't seem to matter.  A police sergeant in Winfield WV (304-586-2122 Winfield PD) watches as the boys take a balloon from the sign.  He immediately lights up the lights and tells the boys to freeze thru the loudspeaker on his car.  Puts the boys under arrest and then takes them home and charges them with petit larceny!!!  These are 8 year old boys!!! Do the Winfield police not have anything better to do???

Government Corruption Is Like Cancer—Killing Our Country

In the articles above a former Baltimore narcotics detective admitted filing false affidavits and feeding information about a suspect to an informant that allowed a drug raid, so they could split the informant's 20% bonus. In Tulsa, Oklahoma a police officer admitted to the FBI that officers brought drugs to the crime scene. One can’t help wonder how many innocent people have been falsely imprison by police and had their homes and other property forfeited because of police planted evidenced and or informants asked to give perjured testimony.

 

This is Scary: July 25, 2010, see Time Publication titled (The Government Can Use GPS to Track Your Moves) The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit  just ruled, Government can sneak onto your property in the night with no warrant and put a GPS tracking device on the bottom of your car to track you, that this doesn’t violate the Fourth Amendment, because you have no reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway-and no reasonable expectation that government isn’t tracking your movements; and government can monitor you in this way virtually anytime it wants — with no need for a search warrant. Currently eight other Western states are tracking Citizens in this manner. It is foreseeable the private sector might starting providing GPS detection services inspecting Citizens’ cars for unknown GPS tracking devices. See Time news story at:

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2013150,00.html?xid=rss-fullnation-yahoo#ixzz0xjIs3Ynp

Tulsa Police officer fired?

This policeman admitted to planting evidence, being in possession of illegal narcotics, accepting stolen money, and gross abuse of authority. Not to mention the fact that he stated the he and other officers brought illegal narcotics with them to a raid. Is this common practice? Bring drugs with you in case the person we're raiding is really innocent so we can validate the expenditure of man hours and gestapo like tactics used. A list of offenses like that on a civilian would land that person in prison for a long time. So, why was he only fired? Being a police office it is his job to uphold the law and therefore makes him even more aware of the laws than most of us. If anything he should be subject to harsher penalties than the rest of us for these crimes, not just fired. This is a complete travesty of justice. It would be interesting to learn how many people this policeman arrested are still sitting in jail for lesser offenses than the ones he himself committed.

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