Skip to comments.Palm Beach County deputy caught on camera breaking into home, family says
Posted on 10/25/2017 3:34:36 PM PDT by LibWhacker
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - A Palm Beach County deputy was captured on surveillance video last month breaking into an 85-year-old man's home in Boynton Beach after the man was taken to a hospital and died, the victim's family said in a statement.
WPBF reported that Deputy Jason Cooke was arrested Thursday night on charges of burglary and grand theft with a firearm.
Cooke has since made his first court appearance, where he was ordered held in lieu of a $28,000 bond and to be placed on house arrest after posting bond.
The victim's family released the surveillance video to the public Tuesday. Family members said the video was captured Sept. 12 after their father was taken to a hospital because he had fallen and hit his head during a power outage caused by Hurricane Irma.
According to a probable cause affidavit, the victim, Moe Rosoff, lived alone and weathered the storm by himself.
Authorities said Rosoff's son asked deputies to conduct a welfare check on his father, and three deputies went to the home to find Rosoff on the floor of the master bedroom.
He was taken to Delray Medical Center, where he died later that day.
The victim's children said Cooke broke into the home after receiving the garage door entry code over his police radio and stole money, jewelry and several prescription medications.
Rosoff's family reported the incident to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on Sept. 20 after viewing the surveillance video, but the family said Cooke wasn't arrested until five weeks later so that the deputy could enter a 30-day drug rehabilitation program.
"We were told that Officer Cooke denied the crime at first, but after he was shown the video, he admitted the crimes," the family said. "Found in Mr. Cooke's patrol car was a 2016 prescription bottle containing Vyvanse, a central nervous system stimulant, 47 pills of Tramadol Hydrochloride, a strong pain killer (with 3 different markings), Proclorperazine Maleate an anti-psychotic drug and Carisoprodol (Soma) a muscle relaxant. Not all of these medications we think were taken from our father, leading us to believe that this was not Officer Cooke's first crime."
Besides being outraged that their father was targeted by a deputy, the family said it is concerned that Cooke was working in an official capacity under the influence of multiple medications.
"If Officer Cooke was operating in his official capacity under these medications, it is our belief that he may have posed a significant threat to the public's safety since just a few of the noted side effects of these medications include confusion, impaired thinking, impaired reactions, abnormal behavior, tremors, drowsiness, altered state of consciousness and anger," the family said.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office did not comment on Cooke's employment status.
"Unfortunately, sometimes an employee makes a bad decision which leads to misconduct," a statement from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said. "This misconduct was reported, investigated and subsequently determined to be criminal in nature, resulting in the charges."
Rosoff's family said Cooke is on paid administrative leave.
On paid administrative leave???
Is their dog ok?
He felt threatened by the old man. He had to do it.
Take that list of drugs alone and go to your local PD or SD and ask what the Charges would be for You if caught with them. Than take that list of charges to your local Judge and ask what Bail would be set at. For the grand finale go to your Boss and ask for Paid Time off until at least your Court date.
I’m betting things will be just a tad different than what deputy dawg got here..
I have a pretty good idea what My Uncle would have done to him and it would be very harsh, starting with “you will surrender your badge, ID and Firearm”.
there ARE some (I dont know how many) very bad cops, law enforcement types
it is not always racism as some street protesters or thugs have it, it is often pure greed, but it can be both of course
the many good cops and state, fed agents really need to Drain the Swamp (because normal citizens never think of this problem until, of course, the bad cops rob their homes or shake them down for $ or whatever
Many people SAY this type of cop behavior is IMPOSSIBLE.
But it ISN'T.
This is what is wrong with policing.
A cop is a blatant criminal and the police say, ‘bad decisions’.
Would they use those terms for a regular person?
They paint themselves as criminals with such language.
We have to wait until all the evidence is in. I’m sure there’s a good explanation. It is impossible for cops to do wrong and we should not seek to hold them accountable. I’m sure you or I would be allowed to walk around free for 5 weeks after a video like that was shown to the police.
Apparently Florida has a few bad apples in law enforcement.
I believe he did have to surrender those. I think the paid leave is standard procedures for police who are arrested. Most likely because of police unions. Meant to protect those falsely accused, but the guilty get the same union protections. However, when he goes to jail and runs into someone he arrested & is responsible for their being there, the guards will do nothing to protect him. Because he has tainted each and every one of them.
Here was the reply from My Cousin.
“My father would have shown no mercy on this CRIMINAL as he violated the trust ethics of his job, his co-workers, himself..... but most of all.... the badge! What a piece of work!!!”
A bit of background, Her Father was My Uncle. Started as a walking beat Officer and worked His way up to Chief and spent His life upholding the laws. He was “by the book” No wiggle room at all. Even for Himself.
I remember one time He was backing out of a parking space and hit another car. He called for a Patrol Unit to come and document it and write Him a Ticket. The Patrol that showed up was a Rookie and was skeptical about writing a Ticket for the Chief. My Uncle told the Officer either write the Ticket or give Me your Badge and Firearm now!
The Rookie wrote the Ticket.
a real untouchable... good on him
Yes, they broke the mold on Him.
He is missed by many.
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