-by Erica Masters
A code enforcement officer is caught on surveillance cameras illegally entering a home in an attempt to enforce a local code involving grass growing too high. The enforcement officer was actually a former sheriff’s deputy for a neighboring county who resigned after admitting to stealing a laptop from the evidence locker! Furthermore, he let his own brother BORROW his badge, where the brother used it in a local bar after getting involved in a brawl.
Yet the officer merely went to another county and got another job working for the government, where he broke the rules AGAIN by illegally entering a home.
After investigating the case for five days, the sheriff’s department DID NOT charge the man with the crime of entering the home illegally. Instead, they stated there was no criminal INTENT to justify charging him, even though he had already committed the crime!
A lawsuit is being filed against the county for neglect in proper background screening, neglect in sending a deputy to the home when 911 was dispatched (the call was forwarded to the Code Enforcement Manager), and failure to keep its citizens safe.
[UPDATE July 9, 2012 5:30p EDT] The Code Enforcement Officer has been fired “because he violated county policy and because he provided a false statement to a supervisor”. -Jeff