Tuesday, July 01, 2008

More Than Two Dozen Drug Cases To Be Dismissed

The damage from the recent arrests of four narcotics officers for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is becoming more apparent. Vic Ryckaert and Jon Murray follow up on a story first reported yesterday. The two say the Prosecutor's Office plans to dismiss more than two dozen pending cases as a result of the officers' arrests and could lead other drug cases to be overturned on appeal. Is this what you got for your $90 million, 65% increase in your income tax rate? Is this the improvement in law enforcement you were promised?


Concerned Taxpayer said...

The ACLU, ICLU, Concerned Clergy, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton all screamed and moaned about wanting the police department to "more accurately reflect the makeup of the city."

Well, congratulations! After Mayor Peterson lowered the testing and hiring standards for the police department, and made Sheriff Anderson's political hirees part of the department, this is what you get.

I hope you're happy!

Concerned Taxpayer said...

"Is this the improvement in law enforcement you were promised?"

Yes, it is. The new mayor is trying to FIX all the things that the previous mayor BROKE! Like lowering the hiring and testing standards. Like accepting 600 deputies from the sheriff's department that were never properly trained, never had a polygraph test, etc. etc.

All of this takes time, you know. It's only been six months.

artfuggins said...

concerned taxpayer...in your partisan zeal to make Peterson and Anderson the culprits in this, you are making several wrong conclusions and serveral factual errors.

Bart Lies said...

If these cops are proven guilty, THEY should serve the terms of those cases that they caused to be dismissed.

Concerned Taxpayer said...

Say what you will, "artfuggins."

As someone who was part of the system for over 35 years, I hope I know a little about what has happened to this city.

indyernie said...

"in your partisan zeal to make Peterson and Anderson the culprits in this, you are making several wrong conclusions and serveral factual errors."

Here are a couple of facts for ya.

Peterson was lost when it came to crime prevention and he turned his back on law enforcement. Then for political reasons, Peterson turned the basic responsibly of the Mayor (law enforcement, protect the public etc.) over to Frank Anderson and crew.

Anderson played politics by hiring fired IPD officers and Anderson did lower the qualifications to fill the ranks of IMPD. Indianapolis had a senior officer who never went to the academy.
Partisan zeal talk to Frank Anderson.
Partisan zeal by CT? I don’t think so.


Another argument for the legalization of drugs. The war on drugs is expensive and it doesn't work.

Bart Lies said...

Whoa! Dirty cops is an argument for legalization of drugs?

I don't think so.

swany11 said...

If you exclusively look at this story and make your assumptions based on it, then yes, the money is being wasted.

If you are intelligent and objective enough to look at the “big picture” rather than one story, then you might come to a different conclusion.

Advance Indiana said...

If you go back and study past tax increases in this city over the past 20 years, you will find that each time the taxpayers were duped. The money never wound up going to the purpose for which it was intended. It's already happened with this tax increase. One-third of it was for a pension debt the state assumed for us. Believe it or not, one of the main reasons the county option income tax was originally enacted was to pay for the pension liability.

artfuggins said...

Gary, as you know, the Democrats on the council have attempted to repeal the part of the tax that was intended to pay the pension liability. Now the state took it over and we dont have to pay it. The REPUBLICANS on the council are blocking that repeal. Many of them are the same ones who voted against in the first place. I think they are playing partisan politics with our tax money.