This Cop Conducted 3 Warrantless Searches in Under 3 Years. He Gets To Keep His Job.

A Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) officer will keep his job after conducting his third warrantless search in under three years.

Ken Camallo will be demoted from sergeant to corporal, The Advocate notes. He will also undergo a 75-day unpaid suspension.

But the officer will ultimately stay employed after racking up a slew of similar offenses and demonstrating a wanton disregard for the constitutional rights of those in his community.

BRPD declined to provide further comment.

Camallo’s conduct attracted significant national attention after a Reason report last month first released body camera footage of a traffic stop on January 1, 2020, set in motion by Camallo because he spotted a car driving “suspicious[ly].” He’d seen it parked at a “known drug house,” he said.

During that traffic stop, he and four other cops strip-searched a minor on a public street. In a recent press conference, BRPD said none of the officers will face discipline for that move.

But Camallo and Officer Troy Lawrence Jr. proceeded to conduct a warrantless search of the family’s home, resulting in disciplinary reviews. Lawrence’s is still ongoing.

Documents obtained by Reason show that this is not Camallo’s first offense, however. An internal affairs history of his time on the force shows that he has a stain on his record for another warrantless entry in 2019.

Yet even that wasn’t his first foray into unconstitutional searches. In 2017, a federal judge threw out all of the evidence in a case against a man indicted on illegal weapons charges after Camallo was found to have obtained the evidence earlier that year without a warrant. That case was eventually dropped.

Camallo’s disciplinary history shows no demerit against him for that misconduct.

His most recent warrantless search resulted in criminal charges against Clarence Green, then 23, who sat in jail for five months after Camallo found a firearm on his person during the traffic stop. Green was prohibited from owning one while he was on probation for possession of oxycodone, according to the initial incident report.

But those police reports would come to change almost a dozen times after Camallo and Lawrence illegally searched Green’s home—something that drew the scrutiny of a federal judge as he approved the state’s request to drop the charges against Green. One of the altered police reports notes that Tanya Green, Clarence’s mother, gave “written consent” to the search. She says that isn’t true, and the body camera footage shows no such exchange.

“The state agents in this case demonstrated a serious and wanton disregard for Defendant’s constitutional rights, first by initiating a traffic stop on the thinnest of pretext, and then by haphazardly invading Defendant’s home (weapons drawn) to conduct an unjustified, warrantless search,” wrote Judge Brian A. Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. “Such an intrusion, in abject violation of the protections afforded by the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution, which protects citizens against unwarranted governmental intrusions in their homes, may justifiably be considered to be a trespass subject to prosecution under” Louisiana law.

Thomas Frampton, an attorney for the Green family, agrees. “The Supreme Court has said that officers may conduct a ‘frisk’—meaning a brief pat-down of the outer garments—if the officer has a reasonable suspicion that the individual is armed,” Frampton told Reason last month. “The reason that’s okay, according to the Court, is because a properly conducted pat down is ostensibly non-invasive. A strip search on a public sidewalk, however, is something else altogether.” The family recently settled for $35,000 against the city of Baton Rouge.

But real accountability will apparently be elusive for the Greens. That entire sum will come out of taxpayer dollars and was only reached after the family agreed to drop a civil suit. Camallo will not have to explain his actions in civil court—and he gets to keep his job.

Instead, the city is trying to hold Frampton accountable for sharing the body camera footage with the press. During May’s BRPD press conference, the Parish Attorney’s Office for East Baton Rouge notified him that it would seek to hold him in contempt of court and jail him for up to six months for disseminating the video, although the government had already made it publicly available in November of 2020.

Holding a rogue officer to account is no easy feat. At the center of the debate is qualified immunity, a legal doctrine that prohibits victims of government abuse from suing state actors if the precise way a public official violated your rights has not been explicitly ruled unconstitutional in a prior court precedent. That explains, for instance, why the cops who allegedly stole $225,000 while executing a search warrant, or the cop who shot a man who’d been sleeping in his car, or the cop who led a botched drug raid on the wrong house were all protected from civil liability. The victims were not permitted to bring their claims before a jury.

Firing a bad cop is perhaps even harder. The process is mired in safeguards enshrined by labor precedents and police unions, which have a history of defending their workers’ most unsavory misdeeds. That is the purpose of any union, after all: to stick up for its people. That principle comes at a cost to the public they are supposed to protect, though, when considering that police unions represent the monopoly on state power.

The BRPD and the city of Baton Rouge did their best to produce the veneer of accountability. But in just two and a half months, Camallo will be back on patrol, protecting and serving.

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June 24, 2021 at 11:44AM

This Week’s Corrupt Cops Stories

A DEA agent and his task force buddy get convicted of thievery, a Louisiana town cop gets busted for taking bribes from a drug dealer, and more. Let’s get to it:

[image:1 align:right]In Pearl, Mississippi, a state prison guard was arrested June 10 for smuggling drugs into the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility. Guard Brenda Denise Hicks is charged introducing contraband, possession of methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine and extortion.

In Kaplan, Louisiana, a Kaplan police officer was arrested and fired June 17 for taking bribes from a drug dealer. Former Officer Mitchell Guidroz allegedly took $500 from a local drug dealer to ignore his activities. He now faces charges of public bribery and malfeasance in office.

In Cordele, Georgia, a Crisp County sheriff’s detention officer was arrested Tuesday for allegedly smuggling drugs and cigarettes into the Crisp County Detention Center, Jhayvion Smith, 20, now a former guard, went down after he was spotted “exchanging items” with a person in the detention center parking lot. He is charged with bringing contraband across guard line to inmates, possession of a controlled substance, and violation of oath by public officer.

In New Orleans, a former DEA agent  and a former DEA task force officer were found guilty June 15 in a long-running scheme to rip-off cash and personal property from people he had arrested on drug charges Former Agent Chad Scott, 53, and task force member Rodney Gemar, 45, repeatedly stole the personal property of arrestees instead of logging it in as evidence. They also took money from the pockets of arrestees, lifted it out of wallets, and skimmed money off cash seizures made by the DEA. Two other former Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies who had been serving as DEA task force officers in New Orleans have pleaded guilty in this investigation. Karl Emmett Newman, 54, pleaded guilty to unlawfully carrying a firearm in furtherance of an August 2015 robbery, which was disguised as the execution of a search warrant, as well as misappropriating money confiscated by the DEA during another search. Johnny Domingue, 32, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and misappropriating money confiscated by the DEA.

In Spokane, Washington, a former state prison guard was sentenced June 10 to two months in prison after being convicted of smuggling drugs into the Airway Heights Correction Center last July. Former guard Michael Mattern, 46, got caught with 200 strips of Suboxone, the prescription medication used to treat opioid addiction that can also be abused. Investigators also found him in possession of 14.6 grams of methamphetamine and 2.9 grams of heroin at the prison. The drugs were hidden in a tobacco tin inside his lunch box.

via Criminal Justice

June 25, 2021 at 06:33PM

Police Train to Intervene in Fellow Officer Misconduct

Since the killing of George Floyd last May, more police departments have begun training police officers to intervene when their fellow officers use excessive force or engage in other misconduct, reports the Wall Street Journal. Many are using training called Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement, or ABLE, that was designed by policing researchers at Georgetown University Law School. While few departments seemed interested when the program launched in New Orleans in 2016, the number that have signed up since Mr. Floyd’s murder now totals 138, including in New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston. The training encourages officers to intervene well before a potential incident if a fellow officer is angry or depressed, all the way up to stopping someone from doing something that could cost them their job. 

ABLE offers train-the-trainer sessions to officers who then go back to their own departments. Agencies that want to sign up must train everyone from their chief to their newest recruits. Departments that sign up for ABLE are required to have a strong anti-retaliation policy on the books. Departments must also consider acceptance of an intervention by a colleague as a mitigating factor when disciplining officers. Because adoption of the training is so new, there aren’t studies yet on its effectiveness. A variety of antibias and de-escalation trainings have proven ineffective in the past, often because they often weren’t backed up by any changes in internal policy or because agencies dropped them once political pressure on police died down.

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June 28, 2021 at 11:22AM

Colorado Cop Charged With Felony Assault After Fellow Officers Reported Him For Using Chokehold on Suspect

A Colorado police officer is facing felony assault charges after two of his fellow officers reported him for allegedly using an illegal chokehold on a suspect during an arrest earlier this month, several local news outlets reported.

Officer Ken Amick, who has been with the Greeley Police Department since 2006, was placed on unpaid leave after Weld County prosecutors filed second degree assault charges — a Class 4 felony — against him in connection with his June 7 arrest of suspect Matthew Wilson.

The Weld County District Attorney’s Office issued a terse three-sentence statement which confirmed the charges were filed.

According to the reports, Amick and several other officers responded to an alarm that had been set off at City Center North. Upon arriving on the scene, City Center employee informed the officers that a man had been threatening to set the building on fire. The officers located the suspect in the building lobby and identified him as Wilson.

Amick then learned that there was already an outstanding warrant for Wilson’s arrest. He proceeded to take the suspect into custody in the building lobby.

As Amick was walking Wilson out of the building, Wilson complained that the handcuffs were too tight around his wrists and became increasingly “agitated,” police said.

“Officer Amick suddenly placed (the man) into a chokehold,” the department said in a news release. “After several seconds, (the man) showed ill effects from this hold while being placed on the ground. A second officer attempted to intervene during this initial encounter.”

The other officers checked on Wilson’s condition and helped him back to his feet. While still handcuffed, Wilson then grabbed Amick’s hand. Amick then used his knee to strike Wilson in the leg several times as the suspect complained about being subjected to excessive force, the department said.

Matthew Wilson. (Image via Weld County Sheriff’s Office records.)

Wilson and two other officers who were on the scene all reported to police supervisors that Amick used excessive force in Wilson’s arrest. Amick was immediately removed from patrol duty pending an internal investigation. That investigation concluded that there was probable cause for the district attorney to bring charges against Amick, who has since been placed on unpaid leave from the department.

Colorado state lawmakers passed a law in June 2020 outlawing the use of chokeholds by law enforcement officers. That sweeping police reform law, SB20-217, was passed in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of police officers in Minnesota; it requires Colorado officers to affirmatively intervene when witnessing a colleague using excessive force.  The bill reads, in relevant part:

(2.5) (a) A peace officer is prohibited from using a chokehold upon another person.

(b) (I) For the purposes of this subsection (2.5), “chokehold” means a method by which a person applies sufficient pressure to a person to make breathing difficult or impossible and includes but is not limited to any pressure to the neck, throat, or windpipe that may prevent or hinder breathing or reduce intake of air.

(II) “Chokehold” also means applying pressure to a person’s neck on either side of the windpipe, but not to the windpipe itself, to stop the flow of blood to the brain via the carotid arteries.

Under Colorado law, a Class 4 felony committed on or after July 1, 2018 is generally punishable by between two and six years behind bars and a mandatory period of parole of three years.

The Greeley Police Department did not immediately respond to an inquiry from Law&Crime for additional information on the incident.

According to the district attorney’s office, Amick will be in court on Aug. 23rd.  It is unclear if he has an attorney in this matter.

Aaron Keller contributed legal research to this report.

[image of Amick via GPD Facebook Page]

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June 29, 2021 at 01:56PM

This Week’s Corrupt Cops Stories

A dope-slinging Michigan detective gets popped, a Tennessee constable was seizing drugs and training his drug dogs with it instead of turning it in, and more. Let’s get to it:

[image:1 align:right]In Highland Park, Michigan, a Highland Park detective was arrested last Wednesday on federal charges for allegedly selling fentanyl-laced heroin while on duty and in uniform. Detective Tiffany Lipkovitch, 45, went down after the FBI used an informant wearing a wire to record drug transactions with her. She is charged with distributing a controlled substance and conspiring to distribute controlled substances, and is looking at up to 20 years in prison.

In Rogersville, Tennessee, the Hawkins County Constable was indicted last Thursday for using drugs seized during traffic stops to train drug detection dogs. Constable William Creasy went down after the local DA sicced the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on him, and agents found that he had taken drugs from people during traffic stops, but didn’t turn them in, instead using them to train drug dogs. He is charged with official misconduct and drug possession.

In Brownsville, Texas, a Cameron County jail guard was arrested Monday for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into the jail. Guard Juliet Gallardo went down after the state Criminal Investigation Department was called in. She is charged with attempted smuggling of contraband.

via Criminal Justice

June 9, 2021 at 07:52PM

Police Detective Charged with Conspiring to Distribute Fentanyl-laced Heroin

 A Detective with the Highland Park Police Department and her co-conspirator  were charged in a criminal complaint with distributing and conspiring to distribute fentanyl-laced heroin, Acting United States Attorney Saima S. Mohsin announced today.

Mohsin was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Timothy Waters, Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Tiffany Lipkovitch, 45, of Detroit, and Amber Bellamy, 38, of Detroit, stand charged with distribution and conspiring to distribute controlled substances. Lipkovitch is a detective with the Highland Park Police Department, where she has been a police officer since 2011. According to the complaint, federal agents recorded numerous calls and meetings between Lipkovitch and a confidential source about a drug transaction. Lipkovitch gave the source “samples” or “pictures” of the drugs that were available from her associate, Bellamy, explaining that one was “$80 a gram” and the others were $100 per gram. When Lipkovitch asked what they were diluting or “cuttin” the drugs with, the confidential source responded that people used “fentanyl.” This did not surprise Lipkovitch, who explained that Bellamy was getting “a package of fentanyl . . . from overseas.” Lipkovitch eventually introduced the confidential source to Bellamy, who sold the source 45 grams of a fentanyl / heroin mixture. The confidential source later met with Lipkovitch, who was on duty and in her police uniform, about the transaction, and gave her $300 for facilitating the drug deal.

Acting United States Attorney Mohsin stated, “These charges affirm our office’s commitment to hold all individuals accountable for the distribution of dangerous drugs like heroin and fentanyl.”  And, “While the vast majority of our police officers work honorably and faithfully to protect and serve the citizens of this region, our office continues to prosecute those corrupt officers who put their own greed above the public good and abuse their position violate the law.”

Highland Park Mayor Hubert Yopp stated, “We do not condone this type of activity. The citizens of Highland Park have expectations, as they should, that law enforcement officers obey the laws they swore to enforce. Like anyone else in the community, if a person violates the law they should be brought to justice.”

DEA Detroit Special Agent in Charge Keith Martin stated, “While the vast majority of law enforcement officers are honest and hardworking, this officer chose to push a deadly drug onto our streets in exchange for personal profit. We are committed to working with our partners to ensure these individuals are rooted out and brought to justice.”

“The arrests this morning by state and federal agents are an example of the law enforcement community’s joint effort in prosecuting police officers that abuse their authority and abandon their oath to serve and protect our communities,” said Special Agent in Charge Timothy Waters, Detroit Division of the FBI. “Today shows the commitment of law enforcement to root out police corruption and abuse of authority within its ranks. The officer’s betrayal of her sworn duty should not diminish the exemplary work conducted every day by the men and women in law enforcement. This case is an example of the importance the criminal justice system places on prosecuting its own who have abused their positions of trust in dereliction of duty.”

The South Oakland Narcotics Intelligence Consortium (SONIC) task force assisted in the investigation. SONIC is a task force of local police departments. The Michigan State Police will continue to provide resources to multi-agency task forces consisting of federal and local partners” stated Michigan State Police F/Lt. Michael Shaw, Second District Public Information Officer. “While any criminal activity is detrimental to our communities, it is far worse when the alleged suspect is a police officer.”

Upon conviction for a violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841 or 846, Lipkovitch and Bellmany face a maximum of twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.   

A criminal complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.

The case was investigated by the FBI Detroit Area Public Corruption Task Force, in collaboration with the SONIC task force and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Cares.

via Online Criminal Justice News

June 2, 2021 at 07:21PM

This Week’s Corrupt Cops Stories

An Oregon cop is in trouble for getting too wasted on drugs he stole from the evidence locker and wrecking his cruiser, a Philadelphia prison guard goes down for acting as a dope DoorDash for inmates, and more.

[image:1 align:left]In Albany, New York, a New York State Patrol trooper was arrested May 26 in the bust of “large-scale narcotics operation.” Trooper Robert Coleman, 46, a 20-year veteran, was “abusing narcotics” and was caught in possession of heroin and cocaine, prosecutors said. He’s facing one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, a class A misdemeanor.

In Brownsville, Texas, a now-former Brownsville police officer was arrested last Tuesday for using his residence to store and distribute methamphetamine and cocaine. Jose Salinas, 52, faces federal drug trafficking conspiracy charges.

In Klamath Falls, Oregon, a now-former Klamath Falls police officer was indicted last Wednesday after of stealing methamphetamine and fentanyl from an evidence locker and then overdosing on the drugs in his police cruiser. Then-Officer Thomas Reif’s cruiser jumped the median and veered into oncoming traffic, causing a multi-car crash back in November. After the crash, he was revived at a local hospital, and toxicology results came back positive for meth and fentanyl. Police also found a bag of meth in his locker at the police station. He’s accused of using an unauthorized key to remove the drug from another officer’s evidence locker, and faces two federal counts of possessing a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge.

In Pell City, Alabama, a Pell City police officer was arrested last Thursday on drug charges. Officer Barry Wathen faces two counts of distribution of a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance. And that’s all the information we have.

In Philadelphia, a state prison guard was arrested last Friday for allegedly taking more than $11,000 in bribes to smuggle drugs, cell phones, and other contraband into the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center. Guard Haneef Lawson, a 23-year veteran, took the contraband and cash from a relative of one of the prisoners, delivering roughly $69,000 in phones and Suboxone to inmates between last fall and April of this year. He faces an unspecified conspiracy charge.

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June 2, 2021 at 08:07PM

‘I Could Make Up a Fake Arrest and Put You in Jail’: Police Chief Agrees to Plead Guilty to Threatening Arrest Over Negative Facebook Post

The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday charged a Pennsylvania police chief for allegedly violating a man’s civil rights. The charges came after the chief threatened to arrest the man for posting “critical” comments against the chief and his department on Facebook. According to court records, the chief has agreed to plead guilty and has also agreed to resign from the force.

According to a criminal information filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the chief, Brian Buglio, 45, of Lattimer Mines, Pa., was employed by the West Hazleton Police Department. West Hazelton is about an hour south of Scranton.

The document says a person referred to only by the anonymous moniker Individual #1 “posted social media content on Facebook criticizing [Buglio] and the West Hazleton Police Department.” Here’s how the feds allege the matter unfolded:

On or about March 4, 2020, Individual #1 met with BRIAN BUGLIO at the West Hazleton Police Department, in accordance with BRIAN BUGLIO’s directions.  During that meeting, BRIAN BUGLIO, acting under color of law, threatened to pursue felony criminal charges against Individual #1, in retaliation for Individual #1’s social media posts on Facebook and to stifle Individual #1’s exercise of free speech.  During the meeting, BRIAN BUGLIO acknowledged that the threatened felony lacked merit.

Individual #1 “agreed to remove” the posts “and to refrain from creating additional social media posts critical” of the chief or the department, the document goes on to say.

The document suggests a regime of prior restraint — a constitutionally troubling accusation.

Prosecutors allege specifically that Buglio violated 18 U.S.C. § 242.

Scranton ABC affiliate WNEP identified Individual #1 as Paul Delorenzo of East Stroudsburg, Pa. He told the TV station he criticized the chief and the department for being “slow to make an arrest” in a case which involved him.  The TV station’s report says Delorenzo also “accused the chief of committing a violent crime.”

“He called me, left me a voicemail, and said that he was going to arrest me for a crime that was being investigated for something I’ve never even done or had any part of,” Delorenzo told the TV station.

In the report, Delorenzo then described how the chief allegedly threatened him.

“He goes, ‘Well, you like to post fake things and fake stories about me so, I could make up a fake arrest and put you in jail,’” Delorenzo said.

Delorenzo then said he agreed to take down the post, shook hands with the chief, and later called the FBI.

The charging document contains a similar description of the latter events.

“Individual #1 and BRIAN BUGLIO confirmed that they had a ‘deal’ and shook hands at the conclusion of the meeting,” the information states.

According to other court records, the chief signed a plea agreement related to the case on April 22. A defense attorney signed the document April 28. The timing of the plea agreement is interesting considering the charging document is dated May 27. Prosecutors signed the plea agreement on May 27 as well.

Negotiated pleas are not uncommon, however.

“The defendant agrees to resign the defendant’s position as Chief of the West Hazleton Police Department within 10 days of the entry of the plea pursuant to this Agreement,” the plea deal states, “if the defendant has not already resigned in advance of the entry of the plea.”

West Hazleton officials would not confirm Buglio’s employment status to WNEP.  However, they eventually told the Hazleton Standard Speaker that Buglio had, indeed, resigned from the force.

The maximum possible penalty for the offense is one year behind bars, one year of supervised release, and fine of up to $100,000. The DOJ said in a press release that it is unlikely the chief would serve anywhere close to that much time.

“At the time of sentencing, the United States will recommend that the Court impose no greater than the minimum term of imprisonment within the applicable Sentencing Guidelines range,” the plea agreement reads.

Local residents quoted by the TV station offered mixed opinions on the matter.  One person who said she went to school with the chief said he had the right to “stick[] up for himself.”  Another person said the chief didn’t have the authority to police speech.

Legally speaking, a hypothetically less troublesome course of action for the allegedly maligned chief probably would have been to file a civil defamation lawsuit against Individual #1 to address the allegation that the chief had committed a crime.  The chief almost certainly would have been legally required to prove actual malice because he is a public official.  Actual malice is a concept in defamation law which tests a defendant speaker’s attitude toward the truth, not whether the defendant speaker disliked the subject of his comments.  The standard creates an additional legal hurdle for public officials who believe they have been defamed.  Winning is rather difficult but not impossible — as a number of cases filed by police plaintiffs can attest.

Such lawsuits by police plaintiffs are controversial; the actual malice standard is designed to allow citizens broad leeway to criticize government actors under the First Amendment.  Anti-SLAPP laws in many states offer additional protection to defendants; however, Pennsylvania’s is narrow and appears not to hypothetically apply here.

It is unclear whether a difficult-to-win defamation case was contemplated in this matter.  A search of Pennsylvania civil actions in an online court database reveals no actions under Buglio’s name.  It is also unclear exactly what was said on Facebook or whether the comments were factually sufficient to support a defamation claim in the first place.

Read the charging document here:

Read the plea agreement below:

[This piece has been updated.]

[Image via screengrab from WNEP-TV]

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May 28, 2021 at 06:13PM

This Week’s Corrupt Cops Stories

A Minnesota deputy cops a plea for being on fentanyl during a deadly high-speed pursuit, a small town Maine police offcer’s problems just got much worse, and more. Let’s get to it:

[image:1 align:right]In Muleshoe, Texas, a former Bailey County sheriff’s deputy was arrested last Friday on unspecified drug charges. Ex-Deputy Jorge Torres was arrested along with two other people. All three are charged with possession of a controlled substance between 3 and 400 grams. The charge is a first-degree felony. Torres was a deputy until he was fired upon arrest.

In Bangor, Maine, a former Calais police officer arrested in February was indicted last Friday on 35 counts, including multiple counts of stealing drugs and guns from the police department. Jeffrey Bishop, 53, was originally arrested for providing drugs to a teenage girl in a high school parking lot, but now is in much deeper trouble. He now faces five counts of stealing drugs from the department and 24 counts related to 16 stolen guns police found in his home in February. He also was indicted on four charges of aggravated furnishing of drugs and one charge of unlawful trafficking in drugs.

In Fergus Falls, Minnesota, an Otter Tail County sheriff’s deputy signed a plea agreement Sunday after being found to be under the influence of fentanyl during a police pursuit that resulted in the deaths of two innocent people. Deputy Kelly Douglas Backman, 43, went down after the post-crash investigation revealed he had fentanyl in his system and had failed to submit evidence in narcotics cases. He will plead guilty to official misconduct and serve 30 days of electronic home monitoring. A misdemeanor DUI charge was dismissed. Prosecutors dismissed several drug cases Backman investigated because he would be considered an unreliable witness in court.

via Criminal Justice

May 26, 2021 at 05:09PM