Friday, July 12, 2019

To Protect and Serve

A Sheriff's deputy in Florida has been arrested and charged with 52 cases of making traffic stops and then planting drugs in the cars to create a pretext for arrests.

"The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) announced yesterday that, following a months-long investigation, former Jackson County sheriff's deputy Zach Wester had been arrested and charged with 52 felony crimes, including racketeering, false imprisonment, fabricating evidence, and drug possession.
In a stunning 30-page affidavit, the FDLE laid out how Wester kept unmarked bags of marijuana and methamphetamines in the trunk of his patrol car, manipulated his body cam footage, planted drugs in people's cars, and falsified arrest reports to railroad innocent people under the color of law. His victims, many of whom had prior records or were working to stay sober, had their lives upended. One man lost custody of his daughter.
"There is no question that Wester's crimes were deliberate and that his actions put innocent people in jail," Chris Williams, the FDLE's assistant special agent in charge, said in a press release."

His victims will live with the effects of this for the rest of their lives. There will be no way to completely clear their records. There will be arrest records, lost jobs and job opportunities and the financial fallout at the very least.


Aesop said...

Bring back drawing and quartering.
If not tying him to a patrol car bumper by the heels and driving him up and down the interstate for a couple of hours.

And BTW, every case he ever touched back to his first arrest, not just the drug cases, will now be thrown out for cause, and those people set free, innocent or guilty.

The agency involved should not only terminate him and turn him over for prosecution, but they should revoke sovereign immunity, and let the world eat his estate to the bone.

Borepatch said...

Hammurabi's Code called for a false accuser to serve the sentence that his victim faced.

Archer said...

What Aesop said. Every case he's ever touched - Every. Single. One. - will now have to be reexamined without evidence he "discovered".

Anything he provided on any case is now tainted.

I suspect that means a lot of convictions will now be tossed, or at least have to be re-tried. That means a lot of bad guys back on the street, because one @$$hole had to try to bump his numbers by arresting good guys.

If there were any justice (heh!), the prosecutors' conviction stats would also reflect this; all those "successes" would now be counted as failures or mistrials.

I want to see the DAs - whose reelection chances depend on criminal convictions, and who will have to put in the work to re-try any of these that aren't simply overturned outright - pressure the cops to keep their investigations clean and honest.

Divemedic said...

Proposed new law:
1 All police officers must at all times wear a body camera.
2 This camera will be recording at all times while the officer is on duty, except when the officer is taking meal or restroom breaks.
3 Any situation that arises where the officer makes an arrest, uses force of any kind, collects evidence must be accompanied by the body cam video, which must be provided to opposing counsel in any court case, trial, or hearing as a part of discovery.
4 The video in any case involving a police officer being unavailable for any reason is presumptive evidence that the officer is lying.

danielbarger said...

The pertinent question NOT being asked is HOW MANY MORE just like him are still out there......