Thursday, May 10, 2012

DeKalb Police: A Criminal Enterprise. Stay Tuned


Anonymous said...

Just don't audit my take home gas bill. Need my J2!

John Law said...

a R.I.C.O. case against DKPD officers?

Back before many current DKPD officers were born, DKPD was the first agency to make R.I.C.O. cases under the then-new Georgia law. I don't remember if the first of the first was made by Vice or Narcotics, but I remember how meticulous and incredibly dedicated both teams of investigators were- double checking everything, crawling through dumpsters and re-assembling shredded documents, and carefully planning three or four steps ahead, and handling evidence by-the-book.

A while back, as an attorney, I helped a client recover a camera that had been seized during a DKPD raid at the home of a friend. Turned out it hadn't been logged into evidence. We were directed to a particular investigator...who instructed my client to call him only on his (investigator's) cell phone, and not at the office. They then agreed to meet in a parking lot, for the return of the phone. There were personal photos on it.

I appreciated the assistance of the investigator's supervisors, but no one seemed concerned that property that had been seized had not been tagged, bagged, and logged in.

Wasn't always like that. I recall a raid during which the items seized included a bunch of beer. After the raid, the supervisor handed the members of the raid party one (1) beer, each. I ran into him more than a decade later and, as we reminisced, he confessed that he still felt guilty about that six pack...he thought it had been unprofessional of him. Keep in mind that the beer in question was contraband and that there was plenty more that was logged into evidence. Even so, the former DKPD supervisor felt he'd let himself and the department down.

I guess times have changed.

P.s. My first law enforcement job was with the Fresno Sheriff's Office, in California. The rule there was that even an appearance of mixing personal business and a deputy's responsibilities to the public was to be avoided. If you wore the uniform on duty, you had two choices at the end of the shift: 1) change into civies; or 2) drive straight home. If you were caught stopping off at a market to buy a quart of milk, and you were in uniform, you could count on at least a one day suspension. Also, no freebies or half price meals allowed- no using the badge for private gain.

Okay, I know the above sounds extreme by our standards in Georgia, and may have been a pain at times, but can imagine how proud most deputies were to be part of such an agency? And,can you imagine how much nerve and/or stupidity it would take for a merchant, bar owner, or other member of the public would have to try to corrupt LEOs like those, even in little ways?