Skip to comments.Utica (NY) Police Officers Caught on Tape (Planting drugs?)
Posted on 01/03/2012 10:04:29 AM PST by thefactor
I don't think there are any real articles written about this yet. Seems to have occurred about 11 months ago and is just coming to light. The action occurs at exactly the 1 minute mark.
As many of you know, I'm a cop. I complain about the anti-cop posts and posters, but I also have the responsibility to bring things like this to light. If this went down, this guy needs to be fired and sent to prison. I have also heard that one of the cops is the son-in-law of the new Mayor.
That said, I also would bet that some ambulance-chasing parasite (Lawyer), will NOT sue the cop for the damage to the target accused drug buyer, but rather will cost Taxpayers a ton of money when the City is sued, and the payout comes from the Taxpayer.
In ANY case of LEO malfeasance/criminal activity, I believe ONLY the inividual should be allowed to be held accountable (monetarily), and the Litigation Lotto should NOT be on the backs of Taxpayers.
“and the Litigation Lotto should NOT be on the backs of Taxpayers. “
I’d agree unless they had help committing the crime or in covering it up.
This should be right up your alley. I defend cops all the time, but I try to be fair.
These guys are real criminal geniuses. They cannot even plant evidence without being caught by their own dashcam...
I saw the video and the officer does appear to pull a baggy out of his pocket and place it in the vehicle. If this is the case, ALL of the previous arrests made by this officer have to be scrutinized. All of his previous sworn testimony has to be scrutinized. Very frightening stuff, the factor and I applaud you for bringing it to the attention of FReepers.
Thank you for the ping!
thanks for posting, hopefully he gets what he deserves
Maybe he was under the influence himself, because that was stupid beyond words to do it right in front of the camera.
No city-supplied lawyer.
Forfeiture of pension.
Police Officers who do the right thing don’t need to be defended. Their actions speak for them. Its POS’s like these two that give the honest and hard working ones, of which there are few these days, a bad name. All they did was stoke the anti-cop fervor some more.
Id agree unless they had help committing the crime or in covering it up.
The taxpayers didn't help commit the crime or cover it up. The officer and any accessories should be individually responsible for any civil judgment.
It's attitudes like this that allow goons with badges to get away with this kind of crap.
The elected city officials (read: mayor, city council) hold the cops' leashes.
The taxpayers elect the officials holding the cops' leashes.
If the taxpayers re-elect the officials without holding them personally responsible for cleaning up the dirty police, then the taxpayers should not complain about having to foot the bill when dirty goons with badges commit crimes.
Too many good taxpayers go back to sleep after casting their votes when they should be continually watching the elected officials to make sure the officials they elected are doing the taxpayers' bidding the way the taxpayers want it done.
It's really as simple as that.
May I suggest that you bring this to the attention of local media in Utica?
IANAL, but I believe that the legal principle involved is *respondeat superior*:
tl;dr: The taxpayers are on the hook.
There has to be a component of individual responsibility. I agree the City Leaders are ultimately responsible but there is already a law against planting evidence. If the cop doesn’t pay a criminal and civil penalty there is nothing to stop them.
The taxpayers hired the cop, trained the cop, and allowed him to carry the authority. The city is certainly part of the equation.
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