Thursday, October 16, 2008

1 in 3 Atlanta Police Have Criminal Records (and the APD is cool with that)


More than one-third of recent Atlanta Police Academy graduates have been arrested or cited for a crime, according to a review of their job applications. The arrests ranged from minor offenses such as shoplifting to violent charges including assault. More than one-third of the officers had been rejected by other law enforcement agencies, and more than HALF of the recruits admitted using marijuana.

Keovongsa Siharath was arrested in Henry County on charges he punched his stepfather.

Jeffrey Churchill was charged with assault in an altercation with a woman in a mall parking lot.

Calvin Thomas was taken into custody in DeKalb County on a concealed weapons charge.

All three are now officers with the Atlanta Police Department.

(hold on....it gets better)

But Atlanta police say it’s not so simple. Officials have been trying without success for more than a decade to grow the department. “We would like, in an ideal world, to see every applicant with a clean record, but obviously that’s not reality,” said Atlanta police Lt. Elder Dancy, who runs the department’s recruitment unit. “I don’t think you’ll find ANY departments who hire only applicants with squeaky-clean records.”



(I couldn't make this bullshit up if I wanted to)
It's time we hold our government accountable!

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