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Texas Town's Police Dept. Shut Down
http://www.comcast.net/ ^ | 3 4 06 | Associated Press

Posted on 03/04/2006 1:13:43 PM PST by freepatriot32

TROUP, Texas - The police chief and a sergeant in this eastern Texas town were arrested on drug and evidence tampering charges and the department shut down.

Police Chief Chester Kennedy was charged Friday with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. He was released from jail on a $400,000 bond.

Sgt. Mark Turner, last year's chamber of commerce Officer of the Year, was booked into Smith County Jail late Thursday on a misdemeanor delivery of marijuana charge and a third-degree felony charge of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

Turner was being held on bonds totaling $500,000.

The department's equipment was seized by officers from other law-enforcement agencies.

Lt. Larry Wiginton of the Smith County Sheriff's Department told the Tyler Morning Telegraph that the arrests followed an eight-week investigation by the FBI, sheriff and the Smith County district attorney after Turner allegedly delivered marijuana.

The police department's three other officers were placed on paid leave.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: crime; dept; donutwatch; down; govwatch; ibtbl; jackbootedthugs; jbt; police; shut; texas; towns; troup; wodlist
counting down until the cops can never do any wrong because they all walk on water then turn it into wine when they are done crowd to show up on this thread 3...2...1
1 posted on 03/04/2006 1:13:47 PM PST by freepatriot32
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To: freepatriot32

IBTBL

In before the boot lick.


2 posted on 03/04/2006 1:16:05 PM PST by SandfleaCSC (Tagline has been appropriated by county council for a much more profitable one)
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To: albertp; Allosaurs_r_us; Abram; AlexandriaDuke; Americanwolf; Annie03; Baby Bear; bassmaner; ...
Libertarian ping.To be added or removed from my ping list freepmail me or post a message here
3 posted on 03/04/2006 1:16:24 PM PST by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: freepatriot32

A couple of years ago I was on a jury for a misdemeanor trial. We agreed that three of the four offices lied on the stand but we were still convinced that the guy was guilty. During testimony the fourth officer told the truth about falsifying an official document not related to the guilt or innocence. After the trial we talked to the prosecutor. When I asked her if she was going to charge the officer she gave me a go to hell look and walked away. Maybe getting the FBI in on this Troup case made a difference. They may be good for something.


4 posted on 03/04/2006 1:21:11 PM PST by FreePaul
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To: SandfleaCSC
IBTBL
In before the boot lick

ROFLMAO!

YOMAK
You owe me a keyboard. :-)

5 posted on 03/04/2006 1:22:08 PM PST by MamaTexan (I am NOT a 'legal entity', nor am I a *person* as created by law.)
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To: freepatriot32

Interesting story and an ususual one. Cops are usually never held accountable for any wrong that they do.


6 posted on 03/04/2006 1:35:09 PM PST by Supernatural (Lay me doon in the caul caul groon, whaur afore monie mair huv gaun)
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To: freepatriot32
counting down until the cops can never do any wrong because they all walk on water then turn it into wine when they are done crowd to show up on this thread 3...2...1

When they show up, direct them here.

7 posted on 03/04/2006 1:39:57 PM PST by magslinger (Pray for your enemies, It's like taking a B52 to a gun fight.)
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To: freepatriot32
As long as we have Prohibition part II, this will continue to be a sadly familiar story.

-ccm

8 posted on 03/04/2006 1:40:08 PM PST by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order)
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To: freepatriot32
Good.

Now they need to move on to Kerens, Corsicana, Axtell, all the little traps up and down Texas 31 between Waco and Tyler.

The cops in all those little jerkwater towns suck.

And I don't care who likes my opinion.

Or doesn't like it.

I've had too many nonsense stops made on me up and down that stinking highway.

Nothing but damn revenue collecting departments, instead of police departments.

A ticket for a "dim", not out, but dim brake light.

Tickets for two, yes, two miles over the limit.

A ticket for not having a "current" insurance card, the one in possession good beginning the next day after the ticket was issued, my mistake for having thrown away the one that expired that day, I guess, a ticket for littering because of the damn Chamber of Commerce BBQ fund raiser flyer, placed on my vehicle at the damn grocery store in Kerens, which flew off as soon as I drove more than ten feet, a ticket for a broken windshield (a rock pit right in front of my drivers vision, caused by a nitwit passing me on 31, at what was most likely 95 - 100 mph).

A ticket for not having long enough safety chains on a trailer hauling a motorcycle, since the POS cop that stopped me didn't like HD's.

A ticket for not having my tail gate up while on the highway (later thrown out by the judge, by not until I had to make a separate damn trip back to a hole by the name of Malakoff or something like that), a ticket for unsafe equipment (a piece of a coat hanger dragging from the bumper of my truck, picked up God knows where) and so on and so on, over a period of nearly 10 years while stationed at Fort Hood and traveling between there and Alabama on a regular basis.

I hate that stretch of road with a passion and when I travel back to Texas on occasion now, to see my son, I refuse to drive on Texas Highway 31.

9 posted on 03/04/2006 1:40:28 PM PST by OldSmaj (Hey Islam...I flushed a koran today and I let my dog pp on it first. Come get me, moon bats!)
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To: freepatriot32

Chester Kennedy ...

There are no good Kennedys


10 posted on 03/04/2006 1:40:40 PM PST by Porterville (Sure are a lot of these few Muslim Extremist Fanatics)
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To: FreePaul

Hey man, don't be hatin'

If Bill Clinton can commit perjury, why can't the police?


11 posted on 03/04/2006 1:55:25 PM PST by Cap'n Crunch
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To: freepatriot32
"Almost all of the major police corruption scandals of the last several decades have had their roots in drug enforcement. We’ve seen robbery, extortion, drug dealing, drug stealing, drug use, false arrests, perjury, throw-down guns, and murder. And these are the good guys?"...Norm Stamper, 28-year police veteran of the San Diego police department and former Seattle police chief.
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12 posted on 03/04/2006 2:42:24 PM PST by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: freepatriot32
(from article)The department's equipment was seized by officers from other law-enforcement agencies.

Damn vultures!

13 posted on 03/04/2006 3:11:24 PM PST by winston2 (In matters of necessity let there be unity, in matters of doubt liberty, and in all things charity:)
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To: freepatriot32

My post #13 was pure sarcasm if any are interested.


14 posted on 03/04/2006 3:13:20 PM PST by winston2 (In matters of necessity let there be unity, in matters of doubt liberty, and in all things charity:)
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To: FreePaul

Just because you or the jury determined they were lying doesn't mean they were.


15 posted on 03/04/2006 3:22:28 PM PST by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: marajade

Yeah! We should have let the defendant go. Who were we to decide.


16 posted on 03/04/2006 3:59:45 PM PST by FreePaul
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To: FreePaul

Everyone has their own perspective and what they see as the truth. Only those POs know for sure in their heart the real truth was.


17 posted on 03/04/2006 4:10:05 PM PST by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: marajade

Why yes a jury has no place in modern justice!/SARC


18 posted on 03/05/2006 5:55:06 AM PST by vrwc0915
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