Police Employee Gets Drug Charge 
Wed Oct 9,12:49 PM ET

DETROIT (AP) - A civilian employee of the city police department has been charged with stealing seized narcotics and selling them on the street, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday. 

John Earl Cole Sr., 50, is charged with conspiring to embezzle 222 pounds of cocaine. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison. 

It was Cole's job to transport evidence to the property room at police headquarters. Also charged were a retired Detroit officer and a current officer with the Michigan State Police. 

The three together laundered the more than $1 million generated through the sale of the cocaine stolen from a property room at Detroit police headquarters, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Collins said. He called the alleged conduct 'a slap in the face' to other police officers. Question Who's Online | Find Members | Private Messages
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932 hits 4.0 (2 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 19 years ago by KikiPeepers

Do you think police officers who break the law should get a worse punishment than the rest of the public?
Police Employee Gets Drug Charge

Wed Oct 9,12:49 PM ET

DETROIT (AP) - A civilian employee of the city police department has been charged with stealing seized narcotics and selling them on the street, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday.

John Earl Cole Sr., 50, is charged with conspiring to embezzle 222 pounds of cocaine. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.

It was Cole`s job to transport evidence to the property room at police headquarters. Also charged were a retired Detroit officer and a current officer with the Michigan State Police.

The three together laundered the more than $1 million generated through the sale of the cocaine stolen from a property room at Detroit police headquarters, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Collins said. He called the alleged conduct `a slap in the face` to other police officers.


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19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 11/5/02 - 4:01:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, its just a job. They are citizens like the rest of us. And human like the rest of us and subject to the same faults.
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 11/5/02 - 4:04:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think they should be made an example of. They chose this career under the promise of upholding and reinforcing the law. It's a very serious promise to break.
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 11/5/02 - 4:42:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes especially when they have abused their trusted position.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 11/24/02 - 10:55:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
Under the principle of equal protection under the law, it would be unconstitutional to give them harsher penalties than anyone else.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/20/03 - 10:01:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
The punishment should fit the crime. I don't like the idea of making an example of someone.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/18/03 - 4:29:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
A lot of police men around the area I live in are anus monkeys.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/18/03 - 5:06:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
I used to be a reporter, I've met many a corrupt cop in my day and it makes me so mad when they abuse their power and try to get away with things just because they are cops. Cops stand up for each other like you wouldn't believe - they'll cover each other's tracks so they don't get in trouble.
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/2/04 - 9:36:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
They should know better than that.
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/2/04 - 9:39:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
So then should nuns who break the law also get a tougher punishment?
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/2/04 - 10:08:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
Depending on what law they break, they should be stripped of their job, since the job requires upholding the law. As far as the actual jail-time punishment, they shouldn't get any worse, though. There should be harsher penalties for cops that are found "covering tracks" as Kiki said, though.
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/2/04 - 10:13:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
And what about Sunday school teachers?
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/2/04 - 10:57:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
Wow! I’m amazed at how inaccurate that story topic is in connection with this question.

The question is referring to Police OFFICERS who break the law, while the article is about a CIVILIAN police employee, (meaning non-commissioned, non-sworn, and non-licensed). There’s a big difference between the two.

Being involved in this field for quite some years and a civilian police employee my self; I'd have to say that I feel that cops should be held to a certain standard. It's their job to prevent this kind of crime from happening in the first place. Many times I’ve seen cops get away with far more drastic things than this and get 3 days off without pay or another comparable slap on the wrist.

I agree with Kaneda that cops should be dealt with harshly and made example of, for no other reason then to reiterate to the rest of the officers what’s expected of them and what they need to expect if they believe themselves to be above the law.

17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/2/04 - 11:00:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
No... They're just as equal as the rest of us. No better, no worse. They have a noble job, and I appreciate what they do, but that doesn't mean they're better than other people and deserve worse punishment when they are wrong.
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/2/04 - 11:19:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
I can attest to the "Blue Wall of Silence" thing Kiki's talkin about. To the public, the cops call it "Professional Courtesy". Behind closed doors they call it "CYA or Covering Your Ass."

It works of the premise that you don't rat on your partners and if you do, you can never be trusted. If your a cop that does the "right thing" and roll over on your partners, your career is pretty much in the toilet unless you have good IAD (Internal Affairs Division)

17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/2/04 - 11:25:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
All kinds of factors are considered in sentencing. Around here, a guy who shot and killed a sheriff's deputy with no premeditation (2nd degree) to prevent the deputy from finding out that he was a convicted felon who was not allowed to have the gun he was taking target practice with (that bumps up the murder to 1st degree b/c it occurred while breaking another law) just got life instead of death b/c of his traumatic childhood.
I think people who are supposed to be representatives of the law who violate that trust bring harsher sentencing upon themselves.
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/5/04 - 5:34:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
^^ Now that's what I'm talkin bout...
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/5/04 - 10:37:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. I think most people who are in the police and commit crimes planned it before they joined. They were probably committing crimes before and thought being in the police would offer them some protection. I actually knew someone who wanted to join the police because he liked the idea of having power over people. In his words he could beat people up without getting into trouble.
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/18/05 - 12:20:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/18/05 - 12:22:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, I think so. They're supposed to set the example. Burn em.
16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/14/06 - 7:02:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 12/2/2004 11:19:33 PM D_Advocate wrote:
I can attest to the "Blue Wall of Silence" thing Kiki's talkin about. To the public, the cops call it "Professional Courtesy". Behind closed doors they call it "CYA or Covering Your Ass."

There's a difference between professional courtesy, being a whiny backstabber and doing the job people expect of you. Writing a guy a ticket for 10 over or because he blew a stop sign, or running and tattling to your boss because you saw a guy take an extra refill at lunch is very different from lighting a guy up because he's dealing coke, stealing from victims or killing people. I've seen it go all three ways.

Say you were a cop. If I, a co-worker, did something that gave you the option between boning me and concealing an offence (thereby making you a party to it), what would you do? I would hope you'd nail me to a big wooden cross, because goddamn me for putting you in that position.

16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/14/06 - 7:03:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
(Sorry for the double-post) But at the same time, "The police are the public and the public are the police". We can expect no more of our law enforcement than we are willing to give ourselves. Some jurisdictions have higher punishments for offences that involve a breach of trust regardless of your occupation, and I think that's the right way to go about it. Giving higher sentences to police officers because "they ought to know better" is crap. We all ought to know better.
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/9/06 - 10:05:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/9/06 - 10:20:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I don't think so.
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 6/7/06 - 11:48:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 6/7/06 - 11:53:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
Definitely, but it would never happen.

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