Cast-Out Police Officers Are Often Hired in Other Cities
As a police officer in a small Oregon town in 2004, Sean Sullivan was caught kissing a 10-year-old girl on the mouth.
Mr. Sullivan’s sentence barred him from taking another job as a police officer.
But three months later, in August 2005, Mr. Sullivan was hired, after a cursory check, not just as a police officer on another force but as the police chief. As the head of the department in Cedar Vale, Kan., according to court records and law enforcement officials, he was again investigated for a suspected sexual relationship with a girl and eventually convicted on charges that included burglary and criminal conspiracy.
“It was very irritating because he should never have been a police officer,” said Larry Markle, the prosecutor for Montgomery and Chautauqua counties in Kansas.
Mr. Sullivan, 44, is now in prison in Washington State on other charges, including identity theft and possession of methamphetamine. It is unclear how far-reaching such problems may be, but some experts say thousands of law enforcement officers may have drifted from police department to police department even after having been fired, forced to resign or convicted of a crime.
Yet there is no comprehensive, national system for weeding out problem officers. If there were, such hires would not happen, criminologists and law enforcement officials say.
Officers, sometimes hired with only the most perfunctory of background examinations — as Kansas officials said was the case with Mr. Sullivan — and frequently without even having their fingerprints checked, often end up in new trouble, according to a review of court documents, personnel records and interviews with former colleagues and other law enforcement officials....
Very valid points, if a man or woman is found to be unfit to be a cop in one agency, they should not go to another. And a basic background investigation (e.g. calling the previous agency, fingerprints) should hopefully put up red flags where needed. Good points, right on.
Then the NY Puke shows why it's changed from the "Paper of Record" to a Manhattan tabloid.
"...As fatal police shootings of unarmed African-American men and sometimes violent protests have roiled the nation, the question of how best to remove the worst police officers has been at the core of reform attempts.
But a lack of coordination among law enforcement agencies, opposition from police executives and unions, and an absence of federal guidance have meant that in many cases police departments do not know the background of prospective officers if they fail to disclose a troubled work history...
This is not a federal issue. States have agencies that license peace officers. In Texas, every peace officer is licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). For those of you whom think that federal law enformcent is the be all and end all, I have a few words for you. Ruby Ridge. Waco. Miami.
The article goes on to list a handful of other possible problem officers. I say possible because the NY Times has show itself as not worthy of trust in this matter, or much. From the article:
...While serving as a St. Louis officer, Eddie Boyd III pistol-whipped a 12-year-old girl in the face in 2006, and in 2007 struck a child in the face with his gun or handcuffs before falsifying a police report, according to Missouri Department of Public Safety records.And your own paper reported, the B Hussein Obama "Just-Us" department determined the shooting was justified. The article goes on to tout the Obama commission on 21st-century policing, basically a mandate to federalize local police.
Though Officer Boyd subsequently resigned, he was soon hired by the police department in nearby St. Ann, Mo., before he found a job with the troubled force in Ferguson, Mo., where Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African-American, was fatally shot by a white officer in 2014....
NY Puke, you had an opportunity to actually put out a good story. But you're never let the facts get in the way of your agenda. But don't worry, I'll reading you...I need something to laugh at.