Fired police officer charged with of stealing slain Taylor corporal's shotgun

Nov 27, 2012 Full story: MLive.com 13

Taylor Police Cpl. Matthew Edwards was killed while responding to a home invasion call in July 2010.

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justice

Toledo, OH

#1 Nov 27, 2012
Once Edwards was slain where would shotgun go?Did eEdwards purchase shotgun or did taxpayers? What specific details of the fired officer did he violate? R not officers to be armed? What reason did fired officer have for shotgun? Is there an official policy regarding police officers taking home weapons? Was this shotgun supposed to memorialize Edwards.? Did officer borrow it or steal it? Did he know whose property it was?
Pete

Livonia, MI

#2 Nov 27, 2012
justice wrote:
Once Edwards was slain where would shotgun go?Did eEdwards purchase shotgun or did taxpayers? What specific details of the fired officer did he violate? R not officers to be armed? What reason did fired officer have for shotgun? Is there an official policy regarding police officers taking home weapons? Was this shotgun supposed to memorialize Edwards.? Did officer borrow it or steal it? Did he know whose property it was?
These firearms are not the personal property of the officers. They are assigned to officers as needed. When this officer Edwards was killed, his shotgun was sitting there for the taking so to speak, which is what Officer Voelkner is accused of doing. He did not borrow it as Taylor has no official lending program for shotguns.
justice

Toledo, OH

#3 Nov 27, 2012
It must be serious if he was fired.21 sterling HTS officer were falsifying time stealing money and kept their jobs.as fer as I know they weren't prosecuted.
justice

Toledo, OH

#4 Nov 27, 2012
I wouldn't be surprised if they r blowing this way out of proportion
Pete

Livonia, MI

#5 Nov 28, 2012
justice wrote:
I wouldn't be surprised if they r blowing this way out of proportion
You can't have it both ways here Kevin. If the officer is guilty of theft, that value came from us taxpayers. There needs to be zero tolerance for theft from the public by officers.

In Sterling Heights, the lower officers lost $70,000 and the captain will lose $400,000 for inaccurate time reporting. Plus, they were suspended up to 30 days. This seems pretty substantial to me.
justice

Toledo, OH

#6 Nov 28, 2012
But they Kept jobs
Pete

Livonia, MI

#7 Nov 28, 2012
justice wrote:
But they Kept jobs
Listen closely. A $400,000 penalty is pretty stiff. The captain needs to work to pay it off. The charge was more gray than the outright theft. Investigate the details more if you want to understand why they kept their jobs in Sterling Heights. It's a different city and court entirely. Everything is not the same everywhere.

I ask you this. If an officer would steal a weapon from a fellow dead officer, what might he do if he came upon your wallet at an accident scene? Would he take the risk to save your life?
justice

United States

#8 Nov 29, 2012
What was motive fer taking gun?
perplexed

Detroit, MI

#10 Dec 2, 2012
Yes I guess u r right. Stealing over time pay is different than stealing weapon.
Pete

Livonia, MI

#11 Dec 2, 2012
perplexed wrote:
Yes I guess u r right. Stealing over time pay is different than stealing weapon.
Obviously you are "perplexed." People go to school to study law. They make different laws for different offenses. Sometimes an extra gram of something can have you doing a century instead of two years. There is no such thing as a "flat tax" for criminal behavior.
kev from mi

Detroit, MI

#12 Dec 17, 2012
Wyandotte had officer take rifle. Suspended 30 days.I feel this officer should be given back pay and rehired. Drop the charges. Is Taylor prosecutor doing this? This is my true feelings.
Pete

Livonia, MI

#13 Dec 17, 2012
kev from mi wrote:
Wyandotte had officer take rifle. Suspended 30 days.I feel this officer should be given back pay and rehired. Drop the charges. Is Taylor prosecutor doing this? This is my true feelings.
Kev, the Wyandotte case is totally unrelated in severity. The Wyandotte officer DID NOT STEAL a gun. Officers there are not required to carry rifles in the car. Some officers who do check out rifles have been leaving them in the car for the next officer. The officer in question got tired of having to check-in the previous officer's gun so he took it home OVERNIGHT to make a point that the guns were not being properly secured. As soon as the gun was reported missing, he told his superior why and where it was. The Taylor officer flat out stole the gun for his own private use and was not borrowing the gun or proving anything other than that he was a thief who could not be trusted.
kev from mi

Detroit, MI

#14 Dec 17, 2012
Thks fer clarification

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