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Texas – ‘Police Gone Wild’, again

Via: Think Progress

1 Months after their conduct was discovered, two police officers were disciplined for making a game of stealing signs from homeless people in Midland, Texas — and many believe the cops’ punishment was not harsh enough to fit the offense.

In the town with an estimated 300 homeless people, investigators reported 8 signs in Officer Derek Hester’s patrol vehicle, and Officer Daniel Zoelzer was discovered to have trashed an additional 10. Both officers claimed that they took the signs after issuing trespass warnings, but no such warnings were recorded in 2013. Text messages between the two show the officers expressing concernsabout being found out, although one of the men’s texts read, “Oh I don’t care lol I’m not worried.”

After an internal investigation, which was not originally publicized, Hester and Zoelzer were suspended for three unpaid days. Zoelzer and Hester were first probed when another, unidentified cop reported Hester for procuring brass knuckles and refusing to turn them in as evidence; the police department learned of the game when looking into the matter.

The suspension occurred two months after the police department first heard about the officers’ misconduct, but despite backlash, Police Chief Price Robinson contends that the disciplinary measure was satisfactory.

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/02/27/3339041/texas-police-officers-compete-steal-signs/

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February 28, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , ,

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