It deeply pains me to write this post.
Over the last few years I have grown very aware of the corruption within the law enforcement ranks. I have responded to a number of posts with shock
and anger over the multiple and well documented abuses across the United States over the last decade.
It has hit home.
Over the last few months a veteran of the Leon County (FL) Sheriff's Department and one of the most well respected members of the force in Tallahassee
has befriended, lied to, manipulated, and robbed a family member that is very dear to me.
Let me tell you a little bit about my relative, he is a 91-year old man, a former minister, a moral, hard-working man who spent his entire life
working day-in and day-out to provide for his family and provide a role model for the entire family. He grew up during the depression, married young
with almost no money to his name. He spent his whole life working hard for his wife and family. During WWII he served his country as a training
officer, preparing recruits for the challenges of war. He was an entrepreneur running several businesses, from a Mom and Pop Malt Shop to owning and
operating a hotel with his wife. He became a builder and developer and has never retired. To this day, he works on several properties that he owns,
maintaining them and providing for his family.
The entire family gathered for his 90th birthday. We may have been scattered all over the country but we all returned, every single one of us, to tell
him how much he meant to us.
Now to the crime. This Sheriff was in change of the financial crimes division. My relative feared that he was being targeted and found that money
had been stolen from his home. He met with the officer and confided in him. The officer set up cameras and led him to believe that there was an open
investigation on going. In reality the officer was laying the groundwork for the scam. The case was officially closed, but the officer never informed
my relative and convinced him that the investigation was still underway. He escorted my relative to and from the bank.
This officer helped him "safely" secure his money within his home. Just like during the great depression my relative wanted to protect his own money
and he trusted law enforcement to help. Unfortunately, the world is not what it once was. This officer, over a period of months, secretly stole money
and property from within my relatives home. The article says that it could amount to 50-60,000 dollars. The real figure is north of 100k.
So I am devastated and scared for my relative. The officer is out on bail, I fear the dirty Sheriff's department will never prosecute. I fear they
will never recover or return the savings stolen.
As much as I fear for my relative, I fear for all of us, your mother, your father, or your grandparents who will be the next victim of the strong arm
of the law.
Our family is at a loss as to what we can do. What will the future of this country be like if this type of corruption can continue? I want to know
what the ATS community thinks of this situation, has anyone gone through something like this before?
I hope this post is a warning to those that think they can "trust" those in power to do the right thing.
I know one thing I will never trust the police.
edit on 25-2-2012 by Ace High because: Clarification.