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Former sheriff's deputy charged in CNET, dirty DUI case

Original post made on Apr 9, 2011

In the widening scandal involving law enforcement officers in Contra Costa County, prosecutors filed new charges today adding a former sheriff's deputy to the criminal complaint against a former local drug task force commander and a private investigator.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, April 8, 2011, 2:36 PM

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Posted by Citizen Paine
a resident of Danville
on Apr 9, 2011 at 9:05 am

This is a pretty tawdry saga of small-time corruption.

To me, the interesting speculation is about the trajectory of this guy's (okay, "alleged") descent into criminality. Let's assume that he didn't go into a law enforcement career seeking to participate in this kind of scheme, and prey on the various vulnerable souls he helped lure into their own misdeeds (e.g., the DUIs).

When do you suppose that changed? Was it all at once, or (more likely, methinks) a process of smaller things -- things he got away with -- or saw others get away with. Was it exaggerated police reports, faked hours, fixed tickets, dropsies? What motivated him? Money? Laziness? Power over the fate of others? And how did he rationalize each step along the way? The presumption that people were guilty, anyway? That he had a thankless job? That 'everybody does it?' That he was underpaid(?!)?

Thiese answers are important because understanding the process will have a whole lot to do with diagnosing whether it's isolated or an epidemic, with intercepting any others who may be on a similar trajectory, and with designing ways to prevent it in the future.

There are those who will want to assume away these issues, in both +/- cop directions -- but I ask you -- how do you know? What's your evidence, either way?

Whadyathink, Danvillains? Regardless, this will be a fascinating case to observe.

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