How Sad Is This?

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    The Raw Story | D.C. cops caught stealing from Toys for Tots on Christmas eve

    This year, the Grinch is wearing blue instead of green.

    On Christmas day, four Washington, D.C. police officers were caught on tape stealing from Toys for Tots, a charity organization that collects toys for poor children. The United States Marines led the group's toy collection drive.

    Yvonne Smith, the Washington, D.C. police department's outreach coordinator, pleaded with the media for less focus on the crooked officers.

    This "starts off Christmas on a sour note, puts distance between the community and the police, and worst of all, tarnishes the image of the Department during a time when we are trying to build strong relationships to foster trust that ultimately helps us solve crimes," she wrote in an e-mail to D.C.-area media.

    Smith added that officers with her department had never done anything like this before -- both distributing, and stealing, the charitable toys.

    “Please don’t let the Christmas story of the day be about an investigation of officers who make up .001 percent of the department,” she concluded. “Many many many more members made outstanding contributions during this holiday season to make a difference in the lives of families who are struggling.”

    "Anytime we are involved in programs that have potential for abuse we ask for the assistance of our Internal Affairs to maintain the integrity of our department and our members," said Police Chief Cathy Lanier. "In this case, I am sad to say that monitoring has uncovered some questionable behavior of a few of our members."

    No arrests have been made, but D.C. police say the officers have been placed on paid suspension pending the investigation's conclusion. Chief Lainer has vowed to see the officers "prosecuted to the full extent of the law."
    Here are a couple of scumbags in uniform making the rest of the force look bad. Pathetic.
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    Thats pretty disgusting, from what I heard Toys for Tots had a kind of slow year due to the economy and all too. Stealing Christmas gifts from kids?
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    Wow...if this really represents .001 per cent of the Washington Metro PD, that means that they have 400,000 officers for a district of 500,000. You'd think they'd have a pretty low crime rate when 4 out of 5 folks are cops....

    Oh, wait, this is D.C...
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    And we are surprised by this?

    After all, look at the example we set for those officers when we send a constant stream of professional crooks (elected officials) to Washington on a regular basis....
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    DC, hm? Unsurprising, though this sort of garbage happens most everywhere. For a number of reasons, DC should be fenced-in and abandoned. 'Nuff said.
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    Disgusting!!!
    Smith added that officers with her department had never done anything like this before -- both distributing, and stealing, the charitable toys.
    What she honestly should have said ... 'that officers with her department had never been caught doing anything like this before' ...
    It's the whole Marion Barry syndrom "Mayor for Life". He and his cronnies ruined that town.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DblTap View Post
    Disgusting!!!

    What she honestly should have said ... 'that officers with her department had never been caught doing anything like this before' ...
    It's the whole Marion Barry syndrom "Mayor for Life". He and his cronnies ruined that town.
    DC was ruined long before Barry, he just raised the bar a notch!
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    Too bad the Marines didn't beat the [Edited] out of the cops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtbiker View Post
    Too bad the Marines didn't beat the %#$& out of the cops.
    I'm thinking let the couple of Reservists that are scheduled to recover the drop off box handle 'em. Then give them desk jobs, probably way too expensive to fire them.
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    It's definitely a sad situation. I know some cops dont make very much money and still need to provide for their families too. Due to their position, we tend to trust them implicitly. I bet this happens more than we'd like to think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Raw Story
    Yvonne Smith, the Washington, D.C. police department's outreach coordinator, pleaded with the media for less focus on the crooked officers.

    This "starts off Christmas on a sour note, puts distance between the community and the police, and worst of all, tarnishes the image of the Department during a time when we are trying to build strong relationships to foster trust that ultimately helps us solve crimes," she wrote in an e-mail to D.C.-area media.

    Smith added that officers with her department had never done anything like this before -- both distributing, and stealing, the charitable toys.

    “Please don’t let the Christmas story of the day be about an investigation of officers who make up .001 percent of the department,” she concluded.
    Smith's reasons for not publicizing the story are pathetic, insulting, and strictly self-serving. Besides being bad at math, Smith chooses to favor hiding the truth--some thieves stole some stuff. She should be fired immediately.

    It will be interesting to see if the thieves do, in fact, get prosecuted.

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    Remember, only the police are qualified to carry guns in D.C.. They are the only ones that are trustworthy.
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    Caught stealing from a charity the boss wants to cover it up and you get suspended with pay.

    How sad is that?

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    They should have done what every other cop I know does to provide a Christmas for their kids, they work their butt of doing OT from Black Friday on.

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    Somehow I am left wondering why 4 cops, not one mind you, steal a $10 toy, more than likely knowing they are also video taped. I am also wondering if there was some past practices?? Or were these rookies who got played by more senior cops as a prank. Before I throw them to the wolves...sure would like to hear the other side of the story.

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