MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — Two police officers in an oil-rich West Texas city spent weeks competing to see who could take the most cardboard signs away from homeless people, even though panhandling doesn't violate any city law.
But it isn't the crime, it is the coverup that counts:
According to the investigation report, eight signs were found in the trunk of Hester's patrol car on Nov. 20 and Zoelzer had thrown the about 10 signs he had confiscated into a city trash container after Hester called him to warn him he had been reprimanded by his superior for having the signs.
That would be conspiracy to obstruct justice. Obstructing justice. Tampering with evidence.
But it gets better:
The two told the internal affairs investigator, that they were issuing criminal trespass warnings when they took the signs. But according to the report, no homeless people were issued criminal trespass warnings by either officer in 2013.
Lying to police investigators.
So what is done? 3 days off without pay. Months later, when convenient.
Because if you let this crap go on, then this is what results:
HOUSTON — A former Texas judge and prosecutor agreed to serve nine days in jail and surrender his law license Friday for withholding evidence in his prosecution of a man who was exonerated in 2011 after serving 25 years in prison for his wife's murder.
Well, at least these five cops managed to actually get a take down of this one little guy. They had to kill him, of course, (right in front of his wife) and he allegedly had not done anything wrong (but again the cops created another situation where they got to kill somebody). Just another day in the life of a LEO.
And the reason given? He was killed because he did not SHOW ID.