(Note to mods-I know that we are very touchy about drug related topics around here these days, however, I implore you to look at the entire situation
before deciding to delete this thread. I feel it is a VERY blatant example of our law enforcement abusing power.)
In the spring, summer and fall of 2008, the Tigard police department, in Tigard, Oregon, in conjunction with the Washington County Sheriff
participated in an 8 month string of complex yet oh so simple stings using craigslist and other networking sites as their tool.
Adds were posted on craigslist, as young women, asking for marijuana in exchange for sex. Most of things postings stated something along the lines of
"my boyfriend is out of town, I'm broke and need something to smoke, in exchange I'm willing to give up this ass."
When responded to, the poster of the ad would then attempt to turn the exchange as explicit as possible, luring the responder into his own grave.
Facebook and myspace accounts, pictures, personas.
There are 3 officers that posted the majority of the ads:
Thomas Hahn Jr.
and it is known that superior officers
Lt. Rob Harburg
Sgt Neil Charlton
Sgt Tom Duncan
were aware of some, if not all, of the practices being used by the officers.
At this point the activities have been stopped, as the Washington County D.A. office started refusing to prosecute. However, 24 men were convicted in
all, all of felony charges, most carrying less than an arrestable amount of pot.
The tigard police department still denies any wrong doing.
The situations raises many questions:
Isn't this entrapment? No, Oregon has all but eliminated entrapment laws.
Isn't this identity impersination by the officers? Absolutely. They have admitted that they randomly copied a picture online. They created personas
for these pictures. They pretended to be someone else.
Is it legal for a cop to create crime so that he can arrest someone? It remains to be seen. One add that Rollins posted was titled "420 chick for a
d*ick". What's to say these people didn't go commit the crime of buying pot only because they were prompted to by a police officer?
Aren't Oregon lawmakers doing anything about it? No. Although many prominent politicians, most notably Kevin Mannix, have spoken out about it, no
action has yet been taken.
My research shows me that Officer Oddis Rollins had a less than exemplary record as a cop, and is now believed to be working security for Trimet
Transportation. As far as is know, all others involved are still active on duty.
A great article about this situation can be found here:
I urge each of you, if you do not agree with this type of backwards justice, to write the Tigar Mayor Craig E. Dirksen here:
and DEMAND action be taken. This is an absolute infringement of the rights of citizens. We cannot let this stand!