This week, a couple stories that should cause anyone critically thinking to see that those wearing badges aren’t always operating with the best intentions.
Kinder police chief charged with theft, malfeasance in office
The police chief of Kinder, Louisiana is now on the other side of the law after being arrested on theft and malfeasance charges.
State troopers arrested 52-year-old Gary Pelican the morning of January 8th.
The Allen Parish District Attorney’s Office requested Louisiana State Police investigate Pelican after an audit showed that he used town credit cards to purchase excessive amounts of gas. Detectives later determined Pelican used those credit cards to fill up cars belonging to his relatives.
According to investigators, Pelican charged $7,700 worth of gas to the city’s credit cards in the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Most of that fuel, investigators say, went into Pelican’s family members’ vehicles.
If convicted, Pelican faces a 15-year prison sentence and up to $8,000 in fines.
Ex-deputy pleads guilty in federal child sex case
In other news, A former northern Illinois sheriff’s deputy who investigated child pornography has pleaded guilty to federal charges involving sex with a minor.
The U.S. District Attorney’s Office and the FBI say 38-year-old Gregory M. Pyle of Crest Hill, Illinois, entered the plea early this month in federal court in Rockford.
Pyle is a former McHenry County Sheriff’s Department deputy who prosecutors say once led that department’s child pornography investigations.
He admitted in court documents that he took a 9-year-old boy from suburban Chicago to Milwaukee in 2008, sexually abused him and posted the photos online.
He’d been with the sheriff’s department for 10 years when he was charged in 2012.
Pyle is formerly of Crystal Lake. He faces 30 years to life in prison when he’s sentenced April 14th.
Pa. trooper pepper-sprayed girlfriend’s son because he didn’t want to go to school
And finally, A Pennsylvania state trooper has been placed on unpaid leave and charged with pepper-spraying his girlfriend’s 13-year-old son because the boy stayed in bed instead of going to school.
Trooper Ernest Boatright was charged with child endangerment and harassment, WTAE-TV first reported Tuesday December 31st.
Boatright told investigators he had pepper sprayed two cats on an enclosed porch, according to court records, but the boy told investigators that Boatright sprayed the chemical into his room in April. The boy told police the trooper also had sprayed him with the substance before.
The trooper didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment, but his attorney, Matthew Zatko, told The Associated Press Boatright “categorically denies all of the allegations and welcomes the opportunity to defend himself and clear his name.”
Boatright, 48, of Penn Hills, has been a trooper since 1989 and was assigned to the New Stanton barracks, which largely patrols a section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
The April 19 encounter that prompted the charges occurred at the home the boy shares with Boatright’s girlfriend in Menallen Township, near Uniontown, about 40 miles south of Pittsburgh. That’s where Boatright faces a preliminary hearing January 22nd.
Fayette County child welfare workers had referred the case to law enforcement. The charges were filed in November, at which time the trooper was suspended, Zatko said.
Are these really the type of people you’d trust to protect you?
That’s this week’s Police Accountability Report brought to you by CopBlock.org.
I hope you’ll take a moment to consider just what it is that you are paying for via taxation – and speak out against the corruption.
Until next week, stay safe and remember that badges don’t grant extra rights.