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EPD officer charged

After an “extensive investigation,” the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office says it has filed the following criminal charges against Eureka Police Officer Daniel Kalis:

  1. H&S11350(a) Possession of a Controlled Substance (Heroin)
  2. PC4570 Unauthorized Communication with a Prisoner
  3. H&S11357(c) Possession of more than 1 ounce of Marijuana
  4. PC236 False Imprisonment
  5. B&P4060 Possession of Controlled Substances without a Prescription
  6. CVC1808.45 Unauthorized Disclosure of DMV Records
  7. PC502(c)(7) Unauthorized Access to Computer Network
  8. PC488 Petty Theft
  9. PC594 Vandalism

More details at the NCJ.

  1. CitizenDubstep
    April 14, 2011 at 7:53 pm | #1

    Aw shucks, another one of those bad apples we hear about over and over again.

  2. Mark Sailors
    April 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm | #2

    What about possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony?

  3. Goldie
    April 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm | #3

    The ‘Above the Law’ happy bunch is going to use this to go after Gar.

  4. Anonymous
    April 14, 2011 at 9:37 pm | #4

    Who was in the Above the Law group – names please!

  5. Decline To State
    April 15, 2011 at 7:22 am | #5

    Well done EPD and District Attorney’s office. This can’t be easy, arresting your own. You choose the high road.

    As for ex-officer Kalis, hang ‘em. No representative of our government can be allowed to betray the public trust…for any reason…ever!

  6. FurtureResident
    April 15, 2011 at 7:38 am | #6

    I find that three of the charges have no forebearance on the officer based on privacy or lack there of BUT the rest of the charges reveals behavior of an individual with criminal intent! Which proves my point! “Just cause someone can piss clean in a cup? Doesn’t make them honest! I wished I had never voted for Ronald Reagan! Sorry Carter, please forgive me!

  7. High Finance
    April 15, 2011 at 8:35 am | #7

    “FurtureResident” please stay away.

    Every group has an occasional bad apple. Since one hundred people were arrested in Eureka this past week or two and Heraldo didn’t mention them, I guess he thinks this means something important.

  8. Mark Sailors
    April 15, 2011 at 8:47 am | #8

    The fact is, there are a lot of police that steal, commit rape, illegally use the states computers and data bases, use and sell drugs ( stealing them from patients, addicts and dealers), and commit assault under color of authority. We would find more “bad apples” if the powers that be would stop taking the police officers word just because they are the police.
    Lock him up in GENERAL population, and let the other prisoners teach him the lesson he should have learned before becoming a cop.

  9. skippy
    April 15, 2011 at 9:26 am | #9

    “Gallegos said the investigation remains ongoing, and more charges may be filed against Kalis in the future… ”The information we have is that some of the offenses were committed while he was on duty,” Gallegos said, declining to specify which offenses.”

    “Gallegos went on to say that the investigation did not produce any evidence implicating anyone else at EPD… (but)said Kalis’ arrest might have “severely adverse” consequences to some cases in which Kalis was going to be called or was called as a prosecution witness.”

    The Times-Standard article by the mighty Thadeus Greenson
    details more of the continuing story today.

  10. RAMDX
    April 15, 2011 at 10:28 am | #10

    The guy was caught with heroin and possession of controlled substances without a prescription. Drug addiction is an illness. Instead of “let(ting) the other prisoners teach him (a) lesson”–re: Mark Sailors–how about getting him the help he needs? Where’s the compassion?

  11. Mark Sailors
    April 15, 2011 at 11:08 am | #11

    I have zero compassion for police that flagrantly violate the law. If anything the police should be held to a higher standard. No “special treatment” because he was a police officer. How many police officers teach “street justice” lessons on the streets every day?

    http://www.vidmax.com/video/62024/Bystander_Gets_a_Brutal_Beating_from_Police/

    EPD is notoriously corrupt. Thank goodness APD is not EPD, I actually trust that APD is out to follow the law and watch out for the rights of the average citizen.

  12. High Finance
    April 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm | #12

    That is just too stupid to comment on so I won’t.

  13. On Occasion, a Good Apple
    April 15, 2011 at 12:13 pm | #13

    High Finance says:
    April 15, 2011 at 8:35 am
    “Every group has an occasional bad apple.”

    A new Low in High. “Occasional”? For a small town police department, they sure produce a lot of crime, libelous online attacks on each other, and they sure have killed enough people living in Eureka. But in the brilliant words of Alan Sanborn in this week’s Journal, “In all these cases, despite completely underwhelming evidence, there are, nonetheless, plenty of apologists.” Like Low Class Finance, for example.

  14. Big Al
    April 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm | #14

    Things may have changed since my personal experiences but APD had its own issues.

  15. Mark Sailors
    April 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm | #15

    “High Finance says:
    April 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    That is just too stupid to comment on so I won’t.”

    You did…..

  16. Curley
    April 15, 2011 at 12:54 pm | #16

    You’re way over the top here Mark. Either that of you don’t know what corruption in a Police force really is. While there have been issues with EPD, corruption and certainly notorious corruption isn’t one of them.

  17. tra
    April 15, 2011 at 2:16 pm | #17

    According to the Times-Standard article:

    Kalis has not been arrested or booked but was notified of the charges Thursday, according to Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos, who said Kalis is scheduled to be arraigned in the case May 16.

    Really? WTF? They haven’t arrested him and put him in jail awaiting arraignment? What exactly are they waiting for? Seems to me that any other person charged with…

    a total of nine offenses, including possessing marijuana, heroin and controlled substances without a prescription, petty theft, vandalism, false imprisonment and the unauthorized disclosure of California Department of Motor Vehicles records

    …would be in jail awaiting arraignment and trying to make arrangements with a bail bondsman. Am I right?

    If the goal is to live up to the idea that law enforcement officers who have been charged with a crime will be treated the same as any other person, this sure seems like a strange way to go about it.

  18. Not A Native
    April 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm | #18

    I also don’t understand the procedures regarding when people being charged are arrested and when they’re given a summons to appear at court. But being jailed for petty theft and vandalism doesn’t seem warranted.

    FWIW, this guy hasn’t been working at EPD since Mar 7, so there’s no question of harm to police work being caused by any ongoing criminal activity on his part. Only two of the charges seem to be serious, and they both were associated with his former job at EPD.

  19. tra
    April 15, 2011 at 3:37 pm | #19

    Only two of the charges seem to be serious…

    I agree that some of the charges are more serious than others.

    The false imprisonment and unauthorized disclosure of DMV records charges sound the most serious to me.

    Are those the two that you were referring to?

    It’s not clear from the article if the intention is to arrest and book him (and presumably release him on bail) at some point before arraignment, or whether he’s going to continue to get a free pass at least until the arraignment (and possibly beyond?).

    For most people, just the drug charges alone would be plenty for the cops to arrest them, jail them, and make them post bail. There’s an argument to be made that this shouldn’t be the way drug cases are handled for the general public, but at the moment that’s how they are handled and it should be no different for this guy just because he’s a (former) police officer.

  20. Mark Sailors
    April 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm | #20

    Curley says:
    April 15, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    You’re way over the top here Mark. Either that of you don’t know what corruption in a Police force really is. While there have been issues with EPD, corruption and certainly notorious corruption isn’t one of them.”

    Over the top? How many police related deaths do we have attributed to EPD in the last 5 years? You might not know it, or want to believe it but EPD is notoriously corrupt. Like it or not.

  21. Curley
    April 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm | #21

    You’re missing my point Mark. Making a very bad decision in handling a standoff and killing a mentally ill person is one thing. Corruption is what most police departments in Mexico are- in other words, bribes, contract killings and kidnappings and so forth. EPD has had incidents with terrible decision making but there’s never been an allegation of the latter against EPD-not legitimate ones. You can call them knuckle draggers or whatever and you’d be way more right on that calling them corrupt. It’s more than just semantics.

  22. High Finance
    April 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm | #22

    Mark, I can almost pity you for all the hate that must be eating you alive and warping your outlook on life.

    Almost.

  23. RAMDX
    April 15, 2011 at 6:01 pm | #23

    It wasn’t too long back when a stoner like Mark would’ve been tossed in the slammer for drug use too.

  24. Mark Sailors
    April 15, 2011 at 6:09 pm | #24

    I don’t hate anyone. It is not my style. Curly, false imprisonment is kidnapping, wanna bet this guy took bribes too? I mean what other reason is there for him to have “unauthorized communication” with an inmate? Who knows IF any “contract killings” have happened, or if any EPD officers take bribes or kickbacks? After this I would think a full fledged investigation of the inner workings of the Eureka PD seems called for and fully justifiable.
    Being a blind apologist for the police, just because they are the police is just pathetic.

  25. Mark Sailors
    April 15, 2011 at 6:16 pm | #25

    Ramdx,
    Yeah, over 13 years ago. Pre-1996 when the good people of California voted for Prop 215. Since then I have been guaranteed safe access to effective medicine.
    Thanks for pointing out that medical marijuana is legal in California.
    What does that have to do with a corrupt cop?

  26. Mark Sailors
    April 15, 2011 at 8:15 pm | #26

    Also, why only one charge for the illegal prescriptions? He had about 7 different prescription drugs, each one should be a separate charge.

  27. skippy
    April 16, 2011 at 8:53 am | #27

    “A Eureka police officer charged Thursday with nine criminal counts had a prior run-in with law enforcement and faced allegations of domestic abuse, according to court records. It also appears Daniel Jason Kalis, 36, of Eureka, worked as a police officer for five months with a warrant out for his arrest.”

    More trouble, bad news, and a surprisingly whole lot more of alleged wreckage left behind by Officer Kalis.

    More reported in Thadeus Greenson’s article,
    “Accused Officer On the Job with Warrant Out; Officer Faced Misdemeanor charges in 2010; Ex-Wife Files For Restraining Order”

  28. Mark Sailors
    April 16, 2011 at 9:21 am | #28

    Nice, now he was also a known wife beater…..who had, or was supposed to have had his weapons taken from him, working as a police officer with an outstanding warrant….
    Good work guy, seriously….

  29. “HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE”
    April 16, 2011 at 9:25 am | #29

    The unfortunate facts, it appears, is that the judicial tier of government is so wide spread, that its individual branches and twigs of processes can’t even mesh-up to the point where pertinent and applicable information is communicated and transferred more effectively from one fact finding resource (dept./agency) to another. For integrity, each department needs to have protection protocols, but on the other hand, when important information is “locked out” of certain judicial processes, it sure don’t help justice being served in a more timely order.

    Some should question the individuals involved in those processes – ya never know who from one department or agency is tryin’ to cover-over for another in a different department or agency.

    It is true that the truly true blue blues get shafted by the onlookers and general public for conducts that they don’t commit, but that a smaller minority blue does commit. As in other professions where there exists public servants, it really stinks to high hell for the good and honest public employees. Good thing victims know who the blue bad apples are in most regards – it is a thing called personal experience that separates the adults from children in so far as what a person is willing to listen to, understand and believe as compared to just brushing aside as a far-fetched, paranoia outburst because, FOR MANY FOLKS, that is easier to end the discussion.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  30. What Now
    April 16, 2011 at 10:21 am | #30

    “High Finance says:
    April 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    “…all the hate that must be eating you alive and warping your outlook on life.”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
    Coming from such a belicose asshat THIS is precious!

    My coworker has posted this one over the coffee pot in the break room.

    HiFried, in a world of asinine clowns you warrant your own entry in Webster’s under “cognitive dissonance”.

  31. Mitch
    April 16, 2011 at 10:48 am | #31

    The Greenson article in the T-S is interesting, if horrifying. Skippy linked to it four or five comments back.

    So former police officers in Blue Lake and Eureka are now either charged with or guilty of spouse abuse. I’d rather cops were screened for their ability to control their violence than for whether they smoke cannabis. Which one seems more relevant to their job to you?

  32. tra
    April 16, 2011 at 11:12 am | #32

    So, according to Eureka Police Chief Garr Nelson, the fact that there was an active arrest warrant out on this guy for months, and he wasn’t arrested, not even even after the internal investigation was underway and not even after felony charges were filed — well, that is “just one of those things that slips through the cracks.”

    http://www.times-standard.com/localnews/ci_17862796

    According to Nelson, checking for warrants isn’t a normal part of an EPD internal investigation — which is pretty telling, seeing as it’s certainly a normal part of pretty much any other investigation, isn’t it?

    I mean they stop homeless people and travelers who are just walking down the street, and they do “warrant checks” on those people, even though those folks are not even being investigated for other wrongdoing. Yet they are investigating a police officer for multiple felonies, and they don’t do the warrant check? C’mon, that’s ridiculous.

    It’s bad enough that with felony charges against him, charges that include false imprisonment of his ex-wife, this guy hasn’t even been arrested yet (at least as of this morning), but now it turns out there had already been an arrest warrant from months ago, and neither the Eureka P.D. internal investigation, nor the DA’s investigation turned up that fact.

    So a cop who already had a history of blowing off court dates and ignoring arrest warrants, and who was now facing some serious felony charges, was NOT arrested for these recent felony charges, but just “notified” of the charges and allowed to go on his way with a promise to appear in court.

    Does anyone really believe that he would have received that kind of kid-glove treatment if he hadn’t been a cop?

  33. tra
    April 16, 2011 at 11:14 am | #33

    Looks like an overhaul of procedures for investigating crimes committed by cops is long overdue.

    Well, better late than never.

    First item to change: Run a check for warrants on any officer who is the subject of an internal investigation. Heck, maybe we should consider doing an annual or semi-annual warrant check on all officers – 99.9% of the time it would turn up nothing, but that other .1% of the time it might help identify a rogue officer before he or she causes further problems.

    Second item: When a cop is charged with a felony, they should be arrested and booked, and their potential flight risk or danger to the communtiy determined by the court, not by their colleauges in the police department or DA’s office.

    I don’t think this is asking too much. And better procedures and greater accountability when dealing with rogue officers would be of tremendous benefit to the vast majority of officers who unfortunately suffer a loss of trust in the community due to those like (ex-)officer Kalis.

    So, to Garr Nielsen and Paul Gallegos (and other top law enforcement officials in Humboldt): You need to take a close look at the weaknesses in your procedures for investigating police officers — and you need to get in there and tighten your shit up.

    Like, now.

  34. High Finance
    April 16, 2011 at 12:09 pm | #34

    What Now, that is the best you got ?

    Pathetic.

  35. April 16, 2011 at 7:34 pm | #35

    (PT I of II)
    Dear Humboldt Herald,

    Thank you for hosting this ebullient back and forth discussion.

    Does ‘Dereliction-of-duty’ just happen serindipidously?

    I’ll have to agree with Mark Sailors insofar as cops and department line-of-command should be held to a higher standard than civilians–not in terms of normal human foibles but in terms of law and order. They’ve gone to college in many cases, then onto the academy, taken sworn oaths, are sent annually to training courses to keep up skills and acquire additional skills all to uphold complex laws and to work to keep communities more safe, more peaceful. Law enforcement officers are considered ‘experts’ by the public and, given their years of specialized training, would be expected to understand what is right and wrong not only in spirit but by the letter of the law.

    In reference to “Tra’s” and “Henchman of Justice’s” threads above, in my opinion the public should call for the immediate appointment of a Grand Jury to investigate EPD and DA management (or lack of management) of the entire matter. A Grand Jury would first be expected to receive a full set of the EPD’s written policies and procedures. At this point, the Grand Jury could compare and contrast all of the current evidence in the case in order to make a recommendation to indict one or more members of the entrenched EPD culture based upon who was responsible for both developing exceptional cops and for disciplining cops who aren’t able to live and work up to the high expectations this and any community has of their well-paid, well-insured and well-pensioned police force.

    And one doesn’t need to attend the police academy to know that, as Mark Sailors so eloquently put it, the harmless homeless soul just walking across the wrong plaza at the wrong time of day is consistently approached under the auspices of local panhandling ordinances. Upon contact with the citizen, an ID is requested, a search for warrants conducted, a citation issued (or, worse, a visit downtown to finger-paint with print-grease). And given the particulars, most of us who have seen even a few crime dramas on the Lifetime channel know that bail is set and, if the citizen has no assets to post bail, countless numbers simply sit in tiny cells throughout the process, often for months. Most of the most vulnerable amongst us who are charged with non-violent offenses are never set free to continue to kill poor ‘fishies’ without a license as one reader stated. For the rest of us, its strictly ‘by the book.’

    An immediate probe into this matter by a Grand Jury will go along way towards re-establishing any trust the local community had for the Eureka Police Department before this matter became the scandal it is quickly becoming. At this point, the entire situation just doesn’t smell right. Unless we search for and find the rotting source of the smell, the smell usually just gets worse.

    Looks like a few folks got some ‘splainin to do.

    (PT. II Below)

  36. April 16, 2011 at 7:37 pm | #36

    Continued- PT II of II)

    Looks like a few folks got some ‘splainin to do.

    Given what is emerging daily surrounding this inexplicable matter, I’m calling on my fellow citizens to demand that a fair and impartial Grand Jury be assembled and appointed by the end of next week (22-Apr-2011). A Grand Jury, once appointed, would promptly examine whether or not behavior outside of the crimes alleged to have been committed by Officer Kalis might have contributed to a once valued police officer being denied the help he needed far earlier in the process and before the unknowing public was exposed to an Officer who it may turn out, was unfit for duty long before his departure from the department on April Fools day. Among other things, victims of Officer Kalis’ alleged crimes could have been spared their suffering and loss. And finally, the as-yet uncounted number of criminal cases in which Officer Kalis participated in seeing through to resolution must now all be re-examined by defendants’ attorneys, many of whom work as public defenders. Much individuals still serving time in prison may now petition the court to have their cases re-processed or dropped altogether. This all translates into a tremendous burden on local institutions when we are far from flush. And the embarrassment of it all.

    Such an embarrassing scandal does NOT represent or promote the famed Humboldt brand and does not attract tourism or industry from outside the community nor does it inspire pride from within. Where oh where did this train veer so far off the tracks? And why? Weren’t there policies in place that were carefully followed and more carefully documented?

    Only a Grand Jury will be able to tell us. I implore the county Board of Supervisors to call for an emergency meeting this next week in order to appoint an investigative body now, not later. If we’re lucky, all of this will be behind us soon and we can again look with pride upon those professionals who take on the dangerous, unpredictable task of keeping the Peace.
    Respectfully submitted,

    Jackie Wellbaum
    Arcata, CA

  37. Anonymous
    April 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm | #37

    City Hall is quaking in fear of Jackie’s ultimateum.

    Meanwhile the FBI, the CIA, the Marine Corps and Boy Scout Troop #57 are mobilizing to come to her aid.

  38. Anonymous
    April 18, 2011 at 6:18 am | #38

    Wow! Very impressive Jackie, words like “ebullient” and “serindipidously” really show your superior intelect and command of the English. Of course I cannot be as impresssed with you as you are with yourself.

    Calling for a “fair and impartial Grand Jury”? Do we have a choice of an unfair or partial or prejudiced Grand Jury? Stupid me I kind of expected an empaneled Grand Jury would at least say they were Fair and Impartial, even strive to be.

    One last note. Can you, Jackie, explain to me what the “famed Humboldt Brand” is.

  39. Old Local
    April 18, 2011 at 7:34 am | #39

    I could show you some of the famed Humboldt Brand, but I don’t think it applies to this situation. the Copdude was into ‘scrips…

  40. Jack Webb
    April 18, 2011 at 8:23 am | #40

    There are some interesting parallels between officer Kalis and Merle Harpham, both are unfit for duty neither one could be fired with out the consent of the personnel department attorneys. In both cases the attorneys said no. Harphan and Kalis were both demoted becuase the PD couldn’t fire them. Kalis goes so far off the rails that the attorney’s finally say fire him. No matter what Merle Harpham does or doesn’t do, the Attorney’s are too afraid of Harpham’s political connections to cross him, for fear of multiple lawsuits and political fire storms.

  41. skippy
    April 18, 2011 at 11:55 am | #41

    One does wonder why 9 charges, two of which are felonies, his alleged behavior in Family Law court files, and a previously outstanding warrant didn’t land this individual in jail. Meanwhile, the stubbornly persistent Fernbridge Market and Cafe’s Mr. Sterback visits the pokey for 3 alleged misdemeanor violations. The Kalis investigation continues and additional charges may be filed; he’s scheduled to be arraigned on May 16.

    Here’s a fair scattering of other opinions across the local intranet:

    “I’m sick and tired of people constantly bagging on our police. These men and women do an extraordinary job for what I consider low pay. They are in physical danger everyday. One bad officer should not taint the reputation of the department as a whole.”

    “Why do people make excuses for cops who break the law… like they don’t get paid enough? Well, the gratification of helping someone would be great rewards and $36 to $40,000 per year is good pay.”

    “Blue Lake, Trinidad, Eureka, Arcata and the County Sheriff’s office had been loaded with bullies, thugs, and gangster types for years. Each of these have reluctantly given up their own only when they couldn’t cover for them.”

    “I’ve dealt with Danny before and he was one of the most respectful officers I’ve ever met. I’m shocked.”

    “We wouldn’t be reading about this today had Chief Garr taken action when he had the opportunity to fire Officer Kalis over a year ago. Officer Kalis was caught have sex with an informant on duty in in police vehice along providing false ID to a Fish and Game Officer when he was cited for fishing without a license on a day he called in sick to work. But Chief Garr… chose to keep Officer Kalis on so he would be beholden to him. Also, Officer Kalis wasn’t put on administrative leave… until Lt. Johnson was left in charge. Word is Chief Garr wasn’t too happy when he got back to town.”

    “Guess you weren’t at the meeting where the Chief said he recommended termination but was overruled by the lawyers in the first Kalis incident… Believe it or not, the labor attorneys decide punitive actions, not department heads.”

    “I am outraged that this man was not arrested.”

    “Folks need to remember the good things that have been done– but it does place a different view on EPD if one bad apple gets away with something. Good job for the EPD cleaning house, though no one likes to see bad things happening. I will always trust them because this demonstrates the good in the force!”

    “I am saddened with the allegations against Officer Danny Kalis. Last time I saw him was in Arcata @ the ballpark with his kids and he always treated me with respect. Danny, I’m sorry to hear about the allegations against you. I hope you get whatever help you are needing.”

    “I’m sure (it’s) a combination of both bad judgment and poor choices, there are good and bad in every profession. I worked for the police departments in Eureka and Arcata, and some of the most dedicated and honest officers who just wanted to be good cops… it looks bad for all of them; they are, for the most part, hardworking, dedicated people who want to be good officers.”

    “I know Danny personally and he is a man with high integrity. These are “allegations”. What happened to ‘innocent until proven guilty?’”

    “It’s pretty hard to buy drug charges as “allegations” since they usually find you in possession of the drugs, not just an allegation that you had the drugs. How do any of you explain away the heroin and other drugs?”

    “Due to Danny Kalis’ prior history by complaints from the community, prior charges in law enforcement, and prior accusations against him, Paul Gallegos should do his job thoroughly.”

    “What BS is this? If you or I were charged with 9 counts, including “falsely imprisoning someone”, much less under the color of authority, our asses would be in jail….period. Gallegos says it’s because he’s not a ‘flight risk?’”

    “I am wondering..if these allegations turn out to be true, what happens to the cases he has worked on?”

    “This is unfortunate. Good work, Chief Nielsen and EPD. As painful and difficult as this is, you did the right thing. Thank you.”

    “Chief Nielsen has been under more scrutiny, at work and off duty… and wouldn’t be stupid enough to align himself with this guy. But he’ s probably smart enough to… make sure he is taking correct personnel actions in cases like this. That would include consultations with Human Resources, the City Manager and the City Attorney, to name a few.”

    “It is the responsibility of the district attorney to check for warrant on the people they arrest. It was their decision to let him walk and their failure to check him for warrants. You would think the prosecution attorney in the case for which the warrant was issued would have known he failed to appear.”

    “The ones who should be fired are those who actually worked around Kalis and knew or heard things but didn’t speak up.”

    …This isn’t the end of a likely and continuing debacle for all concerned: Officer Kalis, EPD, and the District Attorney’s Office.

  42. Copper
    April 18, 2011 at 3:18 pm | #42

    “The ones who should be fired are those who actually worked around Kalis and knew or heard things but didn’t speak up.”

    How about the long time officer who leaked this and tried to implicate higher up’s, investigate him and if guilty fire him once and forall!

  43. Scared of police corruption
    April 21, 2011 at 7:32 am | #43

    I had a drunk driving uncle flee from cops into the forest. He got away but not without being identified. These cops must have really been embarrassed by this or really pissed because they took up an off the record man hunt on him. These officers visited my grandparents and other relatives in the area looking for him. When they did find him they beat him to a pulp and left him unconscious without any arrest. I remember being 13 years old and seeing him swollen and black and blue. That was 25 years ago. My point is corruption goes way back, and this young cop had plenty of elders to look up to.
    For my generation we had Officer Bobby Lucas of Arcata. And I’ve known honest cops that are good people cringe because they acknowledge the stained reputation he alone has caused to the dept… I had false charges by him brought against me. I challenged him in court. He lied to the judge, I lost. I paid my fine. 5 years later I have a warrant for not paying my fine. I pay it again just in case I didn’t pay it five years ago. 5 years goes by, and I was informed by an officer just a couple months ago that there is a warrant for my arrest… from 1994. WTF?! To get to the bottom of it I’ve been advised by the courthouse of the huge hassle it will take me just to get contact with the public defender/pretender at the time. At the courthouse they are admittedly confused about the information they have and/or don’t have on this issue. They offer advice, but without any confidence. I don’t know if it is corruption and stupidity, or corruption and vindictiveness on there part. For a system to hold so much power over peoples lives these kind of mistakes should not ever happen. I’m sure we have some honest cops in the area, but the stench of corruption is so thick it’s hard to see through it.

  44. April 24, 2011 at 10:41 pm | #44

    haha about time some one got this punk as a cop when he used to sleep with all my girl friends and smoke dope with them

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