Police chief's troubles pain tight-kn...

Police chief's troubles pain tight-knit town

There are 9 comments on the Bennington Banner story from Aug 15, 2009, titled Police chief's troubles pain tight-knit town. In it, Bennington Banner reports that:

In the smallest city in a tiny state where participation in government is expected and faith in public officials runs deep, the charges of embezzlement and drug possession facing the police chief are forcing townsfolk to examine their capacity to forgive.

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#1 Aug 16, 2009
WOW......
The West Newton Kid

Boston, MA

#2 Aug 17, 2009
Of course this guy is going to use the old neck injury; as well as the death of his father; as justification for his illegal actions.

But, when a common citizen has the same hardships in their lives, it matters very little in a court of law. The legal system says that personal matters are no excuse for illegal actions.

I, for one, am sick and tired of seeing our nation's lawmen held to a lower standard of behavoir than the general population. Most of the time, their illegal actions are swept under the rug; as this drug impaired Chief attempted to do in this matter. And, if and when our blueboys wind up in a court of law, they typically get away with more than the general public gets away with. They blame job related stress as the cause for their illegal actions; and they typically get away with it.

This guy should lose his job if he is found guilty. And, if the legal system is fair and impartial, he SHOULD get found guilty.

If the town folk of Vergennes, Vermont want to show this Druggie some compassion; let him pick up trash on the end of a stick on the streets and the public property in Vergennes Vermont.

Flush this Druggie from his position. His credibility is gone!
Sweet Melody

Vergennes, VT

#3 Aug 23, 2009
The loyalty of his supporters is touching. Still..I wonder...what would their response be if he had hit a child instead of a parked car?

I also wonder how many arrests he made and how many tickets he issued during the time of his addictions and impairment. And, yes, I wonder how many broke the law with no consequences at all because he possibly 1) was not aware, 2)was asked to 'sweep things under the rug' and/or 3)
loyalty to friends came above his loyalty to his position as chief of police.
The West Newton Kid

Boston, MA

#4 Aug 24, 2009
Sweet Melody wrote:
3)
loyalty to friends came above his loyalty to his position as chief of police.
This is an issue whether a Chief is a drug abuser or not. Anyone over the age of 10 is well aware of the fact that cops (including Chiefs) put their loyalty to friends and family members before upholding law and order. This is standard practice for all cops. Again, whether they are in a daze from illegal prescription drug use or not.

Cops, family members of cops and close friends of cops get their wrongdoings swept under the rug in most all cases. It is only when an accident happens (as in this case) and/or the media gets involved before the cops can squelsh the story, that they actually get held to the same standard as everyone else. Again, this is common knowledge.

So, just because this guy was in a drug induced funk does not mean that he bent the rules for himself and others any more or any less than if he was stone cold sober. Cops work the system in their favor, whether they are drug abusers, drunks or tea totalers........
Sweet Melody

Vergennes, VT

#5 Aug 26, 2009
The West Newton Kid wrote:
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This is an issue whether a Chief is a drug abuser or not. Anyone over the age of 10 is well aware of the fact that cops (including Chiefs) put their loyalty to friends and family members before upholding law and order. This is standard practice for all cops.
I absolutely agree with you,'Kid'. Thank you for your in-depth, intelligent and eloquent response. As a natural 'Pollyanna' I would like it to be unusual behavior, but I do know better. Really I do.

In light of additional details now being made public, I could add a '4'- how many drug dealers were allowed to operate in exchange for feeding his habit? Did he frequent the school grounds because he cared so much about the kids or because he might be able to score some ritalin or other drugs?

I just want to pull the covers over my head and dream about a more perfect world where all cops are the 'good guys' that uphold the law and walk a straight line.
The West Newton Kid

Boston, MA

#6 Aug 26, 2009
Hi Sweet Melody,

You bring up some vaild questions and concerns. Obviously, any cop with a substance abuse problem involving either illegal drugs or illegally obtained prescription drugs, is prone to looking out for his drug needs, whether he is on the clock or not. So, we all need to question just how well the Chief handled any cases involving drugs that he was involved with during his drug dependant career. Cops have been known to take drugs away from people, including known drug dealers, and to simply keep the drugs and file no charges. Other cops have been known to arrest someone for possesion of drugs, but to keep some of the drugs for themselves. You could say that they "skim something off of the top" but they still file charges. And, of course, other cops have been known to steal drugs from their own police evidence rooms. As a matter of fact, there is currently a case out of Dracut Mass, where $80,000.00 worth of marijuana somehow just vanished from the Dracut PD evidence room. This case remains unsolved, in spite of the fact that it happened over 6 years ago and it should have been easy to solve. The fact that the Dracut PD itself has been the ones investigating the case certainly explains the lack of finding anyone responsible. And, we have the case out of Broward County Florida where a woman addicted to drugs came forward and claimed that on at least 6 different occasions, she was given illegal drugs by on duty cops in exchange for sexual favors performed on or with these on duty cops. This woman has suddenly just vanished (like the pot stolen from the Dracut PD evidence room).

Within THE PAST WEEK, the following headlines have been posted somewhere in the US: Reviera Beach FL PD gets raided by FBI (overtime scam); Ex Cop arrested in Bank Robberies (this actually happened twice within the past week, two completely different cases, one from Santa Rosa CA and one from Riverside CA); Penn Officer accused of stealing car; Louisiana Deputy arrested for selling Department Property on Ebay; Baltimore Officer indicted for fraud and attempted theft; 2 Oklahoma City officers charged in drive by shooting; Texas Deputies reprimanded over Waitress photo (this case involves 4 or 5 deputies drinking off duty at a diner and taking pictures of a waitress wearing a bra and holding a police rifle, on the hood of a police cruiser); Tasor cam captures Calif police beating; Suspect in shooting death of officer is a former officer.

Yes indeed. Wouldn't it be nice if, in fact, our lawmen were honest. Until we develope a zero tolerance approach towards wrongdoing and illegal activety by law enforcement, we will be stuck with the mess that we now have. Needless to say, having the police investigate themselves is also a big problem. We need Civilian Review Boards to handle these things, and we should not allow the police to police themselves.
Sweet Melody

Vergennes, VT

#7 Aug 26, 2009
Hi 'Kid',

Now that you have so adeptly bombarded me with reality, I think I might trade my security blanket for a bunker. What else can a lady do?

I can't trust the men in blue, the men in black, the men in prison orange jumpsuits, the men in white, the men in black & white clerical garb, the men in Boy Scout khaki & green or schoolbus orange.

I will now feel safer with men in purple, daisy yellow & hot pink. Wish me luck.
The West Newton Kid

Boston, MA

#8 Aug 27, 2009
Sweet Melody wrote:
Hi 'Kid',
Now that you have so adeptly bombarded me with reality, I think I might trade my security blanket for a bunker. What else can a lady do?
I can't trust the men in blue, the men in black, the men in prison orange jumpsuits, the men in white, the men in black & white clerical garb, the men in Boy Scout khaki & green or schoolbus orange.
I will now feel safer with men in purple, daisy yellow & hot pink. Wish me luck.
Melody,

Good post! I'll be sure to dress in either purple, daisy yellow or hot pink if I ever make it up to your neck of the woods; so that you will know that I am one of the good guys!

The Kid
IamEmployed

Detroit, MI

#9 Sep 9, 2013
What a tool

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