It often seems that it is easier for most people to believe the worst of a person, based on the smallest piece of information, rather than giving someone the benefit of a doubt. Unfortunately, an investigation against a California police officer was sparked after investigators claim they spotted him in an area that allegedly has a high prostitution rate, although it is unclear if they observed illegal activities. The reports initiated an investigation that has since resulted in the man's arrest on drug charges.
The 45-year-old man worked with the police department for 16 years. Reports by a different organization prompted officials in his division to initiate an internal investigation. That investigation allegedly prompted a recent search of the man and his car at a hotel.
Officials claim that several different types of drugs, including marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine, were found in the man's car and on his person. Additionally, police say that he had his department-issued weapon in his possession at the time. As a result, he faces a felony gun charge in addition to the misdemeanor charges related to drug possession. He has since been placed on temporary leave until a decision can be made as to whether he should be terminated.
Because of the spotlight placed on the perception of wrongdoing by police, departments are often swift to respond in the face of accusations against an officer. Unfortunately, such action can result in wrongful accusations. Because the seriousness of the felony and drug charges, this California police officer could benefit from the guidance of an experienced defense attorney. By having such a person on his side, he will likely feel better prepared to make informed decisions regarding the path his case will follow.
Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Sacramento police arrest colleague at hotel on suspicion of possessing drugs while armed", Nashelly Chavez, Nov. 5, 2016