Genius Cop

BY Herschel Smith
10 months, 2 weeks ago

Law & Crime (and also this from WiscoDave):

Florida man Matthew Crull is free from jail, and he shouldn’t have been there in the first place. He spent 41 days in a Martin County jail, but was released. Crull and 10 other people have been let go from jail because now-former Martin County Deputy Steven O’Leary was accused of falsely testing material as narcotics, leading to their arrests.

Crull told WPTV that he has been in jail before, but for nothing like this.

[ … ]

“I had 92 grams of laundry detergent in my door and that’s what I was falsely charged for trafficking of heroin,” he told CBS 12. He had to miss Christmas with his girlfriend and parents because of his time behind bars.

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder announced in a press conference January 15 that he fired O’Leary. He said that prosecutors first approached deputies about problems with three of the official’s arrests. O’Learly had made 80 drug arrests in his 11 months on probation as a Martin County deputy. The sheriff said that they were reviewing the cases. He told reporters that O’Leary was interviewed, made no incriminating statements, and lawyered up.

Is that what cops do when they fear their own kind – lawyer up?

So where does this poor man go to get those 41 days of his life back?


Comments

  1. On January 31, 2019 at 10:41 pm, Fred said:

    Insert Tide Pods joke here:

  2. On February 1, 2019 at 6:08 am, Matt said:

    Ok, so the deputy was fired. The bigger question is what motivated him to engage in this wrongful behavior to begin with? Or more correctly, WHO motivated him. I’d say the sheriff himself shouldn’t be getting off so easily.

  3. On February 1, 2019 at 9:13 am, J said:

    Ahhh, building one’s Career Jacket.
    And we are suppose to trust them. Haha

  4. On February 1, 2019 at 10:54 am, June J said:

    “So where does this poor man go to get those 41 days of his life back?”

    Court? I’d say about $100,000 per day for wrongful imprisonment would be a good start.
    And criminal charges vigorously prosecuted against the ex-deputy with maximum prison time sentenced, might just give leo’s pause to not act like criminals in the future.

    I know, pipe dreams…nothing will happen to either the sheriff, the department or the ex-deputy.

  5. On February 2, 2019 at 11:19 am, Chris Mallory said:

    “So where does this poor man go to get those 41 days of his life back?”

    The public employee’s pension funds would be my first choice. If that means pensions have to be cut to pay this man, then so be it.

  6. On February 2, 2019 at 4:59 pm, Gryphon said:

    Class-Action Lawsuit Incoming… “Liability Insurance” will Pay a fat $ettlement and none of the pig manure will be charged with Crime nor Personally face any Loss. “Fired” pig will quickly obtain a Job at another “Agency”.
    Wash, Rinse, Repeat.

  7. On February 3, 2019 at 3:10 pm, Ben338 said:

    Compensating the victim raises difficult questions. If he is paid with money from the public treasury, then the public is effectively being punished for this officer’s misconduct. Similarly, if insurance compensates the victim, then the insurance company—and, by extension, its other insureds (and ratepayers), investors, etc. bear the burden. The ex-officer himself should pay personally, but it is unlikely he has the resources to compensate his victims. The costs likely will be imposed on others, to a large extent. This, he should pay to the extent possible, and he should serve an appropriately long stint in prison to act as a deterrent for future officer misconduct. Perhaps his term in prison should start at double the time he was responsible for all of his victims serving wrongfully?

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