Criminal Justice Corruption Roundup – March 6

In the land of law enforcement, Alvin Brook, a former Mukwonago, Wisconsin police officer, was fired in 2010 for falsifying field sobriety tests. He also committed a bank robbery in 2010 with his police department issued radio and firearm. Johnny Ray Bridges, a police officer from Detroit, was hit with an assortment of charges involving a dispute where he punched and kicked a woman, as well as fired his weapon into the air. Alec Eugene Taylor, a police officer from Baltimore, strangled his girlfriend’s puppy and sent her a picture of it. The dog defecated on the carpet and Taylor lost control. Narcotics officer Julio M. Cerpa, from Jacksonville, Florida, was arrested for shoplifting a supplement from a gym. And Reginald Wilson, an officer from Whitehouse, New York, was caught with a hidden camera committing a vehicle burglary. This goes to show that police officers are not beyond committing serious, petty and/or impulsive crimes.

In the land of evidence and forensics, Stephen Palmer, a crime lab employee from Anchorage, Alaska, was charged with six felonies including tampering with physical evidence. And Richard T. Callery, the Chief Medical Examiner of Delaware, was suspended due to missing drug evidence. Callery oversees the the state drug lab in Delaware. This should make you question physical evidence on trial. Even if the science is sound, it is susceptible to human corruption. Officer Jeremy Felder, who participated in an illegal search and falsification of paperwork, was also arrested in Lakewood, New Jersey.

In the land of authority and power, Lt. Col. Joseph Morse, a leading prosecutor for sexual assault crimes in the US Army, has been suspended due to allegations that he sexually assaulted a female attorney. This follows the recent sacking of almost 600 US soldiers after a sexual assault review. William Adams, the Texas judge previously suspended for lashing his own daughter, was rejected in the Republican primary. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair admitted guilt on three charges, but will still face further charges surrounding allegations that he forced a female captain to perform oral sex on him. Sinclair could be sentenced to life in prison. And the Michigan Supreme Court will decide if Circuit Judge Bruce Morrow will face discipline for various breaches of conduct.

Following up in the courts and other legal disputes, a former inmate in Warren, Michigan, reached a settlement in a case where her hair was forcibly cut off by a Warren police officer. The officer was fired as a result of the incident. John McClave, a former police officer who was fired for driving his patrol car while drunk, is suing to have his job returned. In his lawsuit he lists additional police corruption as a reason for why his job should be returned; an officer who killed his wife and an officer who sexually assaulted another undercover agent are both still receiving benefits, so he should be allowed to have his job back. Logic, eh? And 16 retired police officers have been arrested for benefits fraud in relation to the September 11 terrorist attacks. This is an additional 16; previously 30 other firefighters and police officers were arrested in a similar investigation.

And in the land of major corruption, seven police officers — including two police chiefs — were arrested in King City, California. At the small King City Police Department, a station of only 17 people, a criminal conspiracy was uncovered. Officers were impounding cars confiscated from poor Hispanics, illegal immigrants and individuals who spoke poor English. They would sell the vehicles for a profit. Chief Bruce Miller, former chief Baldiviez, officer Mario Mottu Sr., officer Jaime Andrade, Sgt. Bobby Carrillo, and Sgt. Mark Baker were among those arrested, along with the brother of Bruce Miller.

This is not even all. We’ve also got the Galveston PD accused of Mardi Gras beatings, Texas police officers stealing signs from the homeless, the drunk Detroit police officer who tried to flee the scene of a crash, and the former police detective now in jail for obstructing a tax fraud case.

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