Police and prosecutors are circling the wagons in anticipation of indictments against local coppers in the near future.
The IDAHO STATESMAN ran a big rehash Sunday of the story posted last June by the GUARDIAN about the demise of Robert Berrier’s career in law enforcement following a forced resignation for sexual misconduct with a drug informant.
The Daily Paper’s Patrick Orr did a good job detailing Berrier’s actions. He also points out how difficult it is to tell citizens of the inner workings of “the system.” The GUARDIAN has also been unable to learn how many–if any cases–were compromised. We are told that convictions using evidence and testimony other than that tainted from the bad copper will stand.
The GUARDIAN has learned of “possible indictments” coming out of a Federal grand jury and we have been told that “lots of coppers” have testified before the secret tribunal. If even a portion of the allegations are true, it won’t be a pretty picture. One hint passed our way dealt with “search warrant irregularities.”
We have talked to copper union members and they have no sympathy for a bad cop. “You can tell people I am glad to see him gone,” said one member.
When an officer dies in the line of duty, all coppers gather to mourn the death. When bad coppers are outed they all tend to share the blame…needlessly.
Those who stand up on the side of JUSTICE–not law enforcement–are beacons for respect and admiration from our entire society.
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