"Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity..." - Hunter S. Thompson (pbuh), 1973

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Slap on the Wrist

The Fayette Urban County Council has found a Lexington police sergeant guilty of misconduct.
(and he still gets away with it)

Earl Rayford was demoted during a disciplinary hearing Tuesday night, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Rayford was accused of going against state law and department policy by asking officers to give money found on a fugitive to his step-daughter.

Rayford's attorney says his client was only trying to return the money to its rightful owner, but his superiors say what he did was wrong.

Now I could be completely mistaken, but when someone - anyone - goes against state law, isn't that person supposed to be charged and prosecuted under state law ? What, then, is the message the Lexington PD is sending - that violations of state law committed by Lexington police aren't serious enough to merit prosecution and potential prison time? Is is a race issue? A tenure issue? An issue of "connections"?


The Kentucky Revised Statutes defines theft as:

 514.030 Theft by unlawful taking or disposition -- Penalties.
(1) Except as otherwise provided in KRS 217.181 or 218A.1418, a person is guilty of theft by unlawful taking or disposition when he unlawfully:
(a) Takes or exercises control over movable property of another with intent to deprive him thereof; or
(b) Obtains immovable property of another or any interest therein with intent to benefit himself or another not entitled thereto.
(2) Theft by unlawful taking or disposition is a Class A misdemeanor unless the value of the property is five hundred dollars ($500) or more, in which case it is a Class D felony.
Seems pretty straight-forward to me, yet the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government seemed to gloss over this particular statute when it came to a police sergeant in their employ. Was it politics, favoritism, or...?

Read the full story, then you decide.

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