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Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by A6Gator, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. A6Gator

    A6Gator

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    Here's a story that's getting play here in the intellectual center of the Western hemisphere...

    http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/mar/22/fayette-county-grand-jury-indicts-former-cop-fabri/

    Why would a police officer make up a story about being shot in the badge on Christmas Eve?

    Oakland Police Chief Keith Hogwood said Monday that he can't answer that question because the officer who told the story wouldn't say.

    But an indictment by a Fayette County grand jury charges that the report made Dec. 24 by former Oakland officer Joshua J. Smith was indeed made up.

    Indicted on two counts of filing a false report and one of fabricating or tampering with evidence, Smith, 30, was booked and released from the Fayette County Jail in Somerville on $25,000 bond.

    Smith reported on Christmas Eve that his badge had deflected a bullet allegedly fired by the driver of a sport-utility vehicle he had stopped about 1 a.m. on U.S. 64 in Oakland.

    Smith also reported that he had been threatened by a knife-wielding passenger in a confrontation with two men during the traffic stop.

    Smith said an expired temporary tag drew his attention to the vehicle. Both men, he claimed, were Hispanic, and the driver had a reddish streak dyed in his hair.

    "Of course, you want to take your officer's word for it," Hogwood said.

    However, while still looking for suspects, the department began investigating Smith's claims.

    The Fayette County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation lab and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joined in.

    The officer's protective vest and shirt through which he said the bullet ricocheted became evidence. He claimed a heavier-gauge badge adopted by the department had been his shield.

    "We investigate everything, regardless of whether there is an officer involved or not," Hogwood said.

    The department fired Smith in mid-February from the $17.59-an-hour job he had held since last April.

    The Smith story follows a scandal for the department in 2008. The faked death of a police dog to collect $5,000 in insurance led to court pleas by the former police chief and two former officers.

    Hogwood said that even with the charges against Smith, morale among the department's 13 full-time officers is fine.

    "I don't look at it as a reflection on my department," he said. "I look at it as a reflection of Joshua Smith."

    -- Kevin McKenzie: 529-2348
     
  2. Cochese

    Cochese Most mackinest CLM

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    What a maroon. Every now and then a whacker slips through. He's like the firemen that moonlight as arsonists. Jackhole.
     

  3. Kadetklapp

    Kadetklapp Methberry PD

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    WTF is up with this? Why did the tool make this up? HOW did he make this up?
     
  4. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    Patchman Florist

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    For Easter I was going to report that my CCW badge stopped a bullet. There goes than plan.:steamed:
     
  6. Kadetklapp

    Kadetklapp Methberry PD

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    We all know that would be a fallacy because with the CCW badge, the perp would never have shot at you in the first place. He would have just shot himself in the head due to facing certain defeat.
     
  7. Narc1911

    Narc1911 Anchora Salutis

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    What a worthless POS.
     
  8. CanIhaveGasCash

    CanIhaveGasCash

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    17.59 an hour? And I thought I was badly in need of a raise.
     
  9. AngryBassets

    AngryBassets Jagenden Übel

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    I make that in about 20 minutes.
     
  10. Kadetklapp

    Kadetklapp Methberry PD

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    Hush it! I make barely $12/hr! That equates to about $30,000 a year which used to be a good deal around these parts....
     
  11. A6Gator

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    And all this time I thought it was an OC'er w/a 10mm...:supergrin:
     
  12. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

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    It just keeps getting better, don't it?
    I think my CCW sash would stop anything short of a 10mm.:supergrin: