Lee's case is especially troubling because he was a recent hire, joining the department in October. Lee, the fifth IMPD officer arrested in the past three weeks, told investigators he had helped his wife run an escort service as far back as 10 years ago.
That bit of information calls into question how carefully Lee was screened before IMPD hired him.
I'd say. It is inconceivable that Lee's work for the escort service could not have been known by the persons responsible for hiring him. Indeed, one must wonder whether his connection to the escort service had something to do with his hiring in the first instance. The editorial is correct in its observation that treating these arrests as simply a few bad apples won't cut it. The public trust has been violated and Mayor Ballard and his public safety team need to show us that they are not only taking steps to improve the screening and hiring process, but that they are also conducting the necessary internal review to weed out corrupt cops.