Then, there's the flip-side to that coin. Our former Orange County Sheriff, Mike Corona - called "America's Sheriff" - just finished his imprisonment recently while Lee Baca, L.A. County Sheriff, is now on trial.
And in yesterdays newspaper this story is reported:
"Federal Judge Orders 6 Indicted Baltimore Police Officers Held Pending Trial"
BALTIMORE – A federal judge on Thursday ordered that six Baltimore Police officers be held in detention pending their trial on racketeering charges, saying no conditions of release were sufficient to ensure public safety.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie Gallagher said the allegations against Detectives Momodu Gondo, Evodio Hendrix, Daniel Hersl, Jemell Rayam, Maurice Ward, and Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, six of seven officers indicted in the alleged scheme Wednesday, suggested “an egregious breach of public trust” and a “flagrant disregard of consequences of their actions.”
She said the detectives’ extensive law enforcement experience provided them with an “unusual ability to find ways around” potential conditions of their release.
Her decision came after five of the officers pleaded not guilty to the federal racketeering charges against them, which carry decades of potential prison time. Jenkins did not enter a plea. The seventh officer, Marcus Taylor, has a detention hearing Friday.
Federal prosecutors alleged the officers robbed Baltimore residents, fabricated court documents and filed fraudulent overtime claims.
“This is not a case of overzealous policing. These are robberies and extortions,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Leo Wise.
Appearing at an event Thursday, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said there would be widespread fallout in the agency as a result of the indictments. He said he has already ordered some plainclothes officers to wear uniforms, and said there would be “a lot of reviews, a lot of investigations and a lot of audits” with regard to overtime pay and other areas of the agency.
“That scandal, and that’s exactly what it was, has ramifications, and it has ramifications for policies, procedures, protocols. It has ramifications for people who were in leadership positions as well,” Davis said.
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby said her office was continuing to review cases brought by the indicted officers. On Wednesday, one case was dropped and prosecutors said three more cases were dropped Thursday.
“The cases that we can save, that aren’t dependent on just the credibility of these officers, we are going to attempt to salvage,” Mosby said. “For those cases in which it is just going to rely on the credibility of these officers, we don’t have a choice but to get rid of them. It’s something the city has to understand.”
In U.S. District Court, Wise said witnesses in the case are “terrified” they will face retribution from the officers. He said the officers have shown they are capable of evading supervision by the police department and the U.S. Department of Justice, which was investigating the department during the time of the alleged crimes, and would not think twice about evading whatever conditions are put upon them by pretrial services if they were released.
Wise said the officers are well trained in “counter law enforcement tactics.”
He also alleged that other officers in the police department and an assistant state’s attorney in the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office had tipped the officers off to the federal investigation into their actions before the investigation was concluded, suggesting they could have connections in law enforcement they could continue to use inappropriately if they were released before trial.
Mosby said she was not aware of a claim that a member of her office had tipped the officers to the investigation.
Attorneys for Hendrix and Ward both questioned their clients’ involvement in the alleged crimes, pointing to places in the indictment where allegations were made about the other five officers committing acts, but not their clients.
“It’s not enough,” said Paul Enzinna, Ward’s attorney. “You can’t rely on guilt by association to hold Mr. Ward in custody.”
The attorneys said their clients have never been in trouble before.
Hendrix’s attorney said his client is a father of five and a Navy veteran who lives in Randallstown.
Ward’s attorney said his client is a lifelong Baltimore resident with three children.
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Police, like members in our military, come from within our nations population, and being human there is no shelf-life guarantee that these folks will all behave as we would expect them to. Both are held to high and often rigid standards, as it should be. But given that, in my opinion, we are devolving into a less polite than hoped for society, what exactly are the odds that candidates for either calling will measure up over the long run. It has always depended on the character and self-discipline of the individual.
Also, given the temperament of the Mooks in our society today and their stupid attitudes that leans toward "free-spirit anarchy", I have often asked myself, "What kind of person would voluntarily opt to become a police officer and have to deal with this irrational segment of our population on a daily basis? What are their actual motives that push them to want to deal with this every day or night? Fortunately, most individuals choose the LEO career for the right and honorable reasons. But always keep in mind, "the flip-side of the coin".