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Florida Sheriff Deputy Arrested After Planting Drugs on Innocent People

Reason uncovered body camera footage of the officer lying about a roadside field test for drugs.

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A former Florida sheriff's deputy was arrested Wednesday for planting drugs and falsely arresting at least 10 people, including one case where Reason obtained body camera footage showing him lying about the results of roadside field test.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) announced yesterday that, following a months-long investigation, former Jackson County sheriff's deputy Zach Wester had been arrested and charged with 52 felony crimes, including racketeering, false imprisonment, fabricating evidence, and drug possession.

In a stunning 30-page affidavit, the FDLE laid out how Wester kept unmarked bags of marijuana and methamphetamines in the trunk of his patrol car, manipulated his body cam footage, planted drugs in people's cars, and falsified arrest reports to railroad innocent people under the color of law. His victims, many of whom had prior records or were working to stay sober, had their lives upended. One man lost custody of his daughter.

"There is no question that Wester's crimes were deliberate and that his actions put innocent people in jail," Chris Williams, the FDLE's assistant special agent in charge, said in a press release.

The Jackson County sheriff suspended Wester last August; it fired him after body camera footage, first reported by the Tallahassee Democrat, appeared to show him planting a baggie of methamphetamines in the car of Teresa Odom. After Wester's credibility was destroyed, the local state attorney's office dismissed more than 100 criminal cases where he was the primary or sole officer, and a judge vacated eight more criminal convictions.

Reason then filed a public records request for body camera video from those dismissed cases. We uncovered footage of Wester falsely arresting another person, Florida resident Steve Vann.

Wester pulled over Vann on April 17, 2018, for allegedly crossing over the center line. Although the body camera footage mysteriously starts in the middle of the traffic stop, it shows Wester rummaging through Vann's car before appearing to find a small plastic bag.

"Honesty is going to go a long way with me," Wester tells Vann, holding up the baggie. "Have you ever seen this before?"

"No, no what is that?" Vann says. "Where'd you get that?"

"The center console," Wester says as he walks back to his patrol car to perform a roadside test of the baggie for methamphetamines.

"There ain't no way, man," a distraught Vann says. "Oh my God, you gotta be fucking kidding me."

The field test that Wester used is supposed to turn bright blue almost immediately to indicate a positive result for methamphetamines or MDMA, but it instead turned a muddled red, despite Wester continuing to shake it for several moments. 

Nevertheless, Wester can be heard saying "blue" on the video as he stares at it. He then walks back to inform Vann, who by then is in tears, that the test came back presumptive positive for methamphetamine. 

Vann was subsequently charged with possession of methamphetamines and paraphernalia, but state prosecutors later dropped those charges as part of a review of more than 250 cases that Wester was involved with.

Wester, on the other hand, now faces charges of false imprisonment, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, fabricating evidence, perjury, and official misconduct.

Things turned out worse for some of Wester's other victims, such as Benjamin Bowling. In October 2017, Bowling and a woman were driving to a store to buy diapers when Wester pulled them over for allegedly having inoperable tag lights and swerving over the center line. Wester said he smelled marijuana, and the woman gave him permission to search the car. 

As in other cases, Wester reported that he discovered three small baggies that tested positive for methamphetamines. Although he reported that his body camera was active during the stop, investigators found no footage of it. The FDLE describes what happened next:

At the time, the Department of Children and Families had awarded Bowling custody of his daughter, and he consistently submitted to drug testing. Bowling was adamant he had been clean since was released from prison for a DUI conviction. Furthermore, Bowling voluntarily took a drug test after he was arrested and it was negative. Bowling contacted the Sheriff's Office and requested that the drugs were tested for DNA and fingerprints. Bowling also requested the body camera video but never received it. Bowling lost custody of his daughter because of the arrest.

After Wester was suspended, internal affairs investigators searched Wester's patrol car and found two plastic containers hidden in his black tactical gloves. One contained an unused test kit with methamphetamines already in it. The other contained a small plastic baggie that also tested positive for meth. Investigators also found unlabeled evidence bags with marijuana and meth in the trunk, as well as dozens of pieces of drug paraphernalia.

Before joining the Jackson County Sheriff's Office in 2016, Wester was fired from his previous job at the Liberty County Sheriff's Office for inappropriate relations with women, the Tallahassee Democrat revealed.

In addition to criminal charges, there are also several federal civil rights lawsuits pending against Wester and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

The prosecutor who first flagged some of Wester's suspicious cases has since quit the state attorney's office and filed a whistleblower retaliation complaint against her former employer, saying she was "ostracized and ignored" after bringing Wester's misconduct to light.

One question that has yet to be answered is why Wester framed people.

"You're never certain of the ways of the heart of man," State Attorney William Eddins of the 1st Judicial Circuit said in a news conference Wednesday. "We have some ideas and some theories, and we've talked about that a lot. But I do not feel that it would be appropriate to go into it in any detail at this time."

The FDLE's investigation into Wester is still ongoing.

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  1. He should be sentenced to the maximum time for every crime for which he tried to frame someone, to be served consecutively.

    1. His real crime is forgetting to turn off the body camera.

      1. “His real crime is forgetting to turn off the body camera.”

        This is a big win for body cameras.

      2. “His real crime is forgetting to turn off the body camera.”

        At least sometimes. It seems like usually he managed to get it turned off for the good parts, then mysteriously ge tit turned back on in time for the fabricated “A ha!” moments.

    2. I believe we have video evidence of him possessing and distributing meth. Sounds like that would be a good place to start.

      1. No, that should be legal. Framing others and planting evidence and perjury – add up the number of crimes and serve them consecutively in general population. He may have some former acquaintances there.

        1. It’s just another good reason why drugs should be legal. You’re less likely to be framed for a victimless crime, when this victimless crime isn’t a crime.
          This is another example of drug laws, making it easy for the police to frame people. Consider for example, how hard it would be for the police to frame you for murder, rape, burglary, robbery, theft, etc. (crimes with real victims). It’s possible, but doing so and making a case is far more difficult than planting some drugs. For example, it’d be hard for a cop to plant stolen money or stolen property.

    3. Damn straight. I’ve always believed that the proper penalty for trying to frame some, whether lying on the witness stand, forging evidence, or just making up shit to get a search warrant or pull someone over (broken taillight!), should be the maximum penalty for whatever crime they were trying to frame. You lie about murder, you withhold evidence for murder, I don’t care about your goddam absolute immunity — you go to death row or serve life without parole.

      1. There is a huge difference between being wrong and attempting to frame someone for a crime.

        In fact, this dude should serve longer than the maximum sentence for possession (which is what he was framing folks for), because it is a far worse crime.

        In the instance of a capital murder charge, the charge should be attempted murder, in addition to the criminal charges for falsifying evidence, etc.

        Hayne and West, I’m looking directly at you guys. The fact that they are running around free men in a stain on the legal system and the national conscience. We’ll never know how many people they killed. But we do know of several times where they almost succeeded.

      2. planting evidence, faking drug tests, making false claims (“BLUE” when itis really red) and the other things he did are all forms of “bearing false witness against another”.
        The biblical punishment for this is for the falsly acting one bearing untrue testimony against another to be given the exact same pushment the falsly accised either siffered or would have suffered had the false words been taken as true. SO, whether the target of his lies suffered from them or not, thepenalty s the same. If this guy planted drugs on someone, even if the case got tossed and the accused suffered no more harm, then this guy must serve the same sentence the accused WOULD have got had every word and action been true.

        That”s how God sees it.

      3. Analogous to falsely calling someone a racist. Person(s) should suffer the same legal or public shaming consequences as if they had committed the act. Ah, wishful thinking…

    4. Crimes committed under the color of authority should come with double or triple the penalty.

      1. I’ve been of the opinion for many years now that all criminal penalties for anyone that is an officer of the court (judge, prosecutor, cop, etc) should automatically be doubled.

        If it’s the death penalty, kill ’em twice.

    5. Just proves again that cops are basically crooks with a badge and a gun. And don’t tell me that this doesn’t describe most cops, as most cope obey the law about as rigorously as felons do.

      1. “And don’t tell me that this doesn’t describe most cops…”

        This doesn’t describe most cops.

      2. I have noted that the “gang” mentality of cops and criminals is quite similar.

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    7. To take a mans freedom requires process of law. The totality of this power is concentrated in one cops hands at the point of arrest. Clearly this type of crime should require far more punishment than a run of the mill crime. As was pointed out, there is no oversight and the cop was able to ruin people lives with impunity. In my opinion this is a death penalty case. Multiple peoples live ruined, destroyed, loss of jobs, freedom, families broken up no doubt. Any person that can do that repeatedly doesn’t qualify to be part of the human race.

  2. “One question that has yet to be answered is why Wester framed people.”

    Good question!

    He may have thought he was doing the world a favor.

    He may have simply wanted to assert his control over the world.

    He may have been an Iago type–maybe he did it because he wanted to and he could.

    1. Wasn’t Iago vengeful?

      1. He was intensely jealous and supremely evil.

        1. Unless you mean the parrot from Disney’s Aladdin in which case he was Gilbert “Joan Rivers’ vagina!” Gottfried.

      2. Iago’s motives have always been mysterious.

        If he wanted revenge, it’s unclear why. He may have been jealous of other people’s success, happiness, etc., but some people point to him as an early example of a psychopath–even though that terminology didn’t exist in Shakespeare’s day.

        Some psychopaths do evil shit just because they want to and because they can.

        1. I wonder about that “black ram is tupping your white ewe” line because it’s not just pandering to Brabantio’s racial prejudice, it’s also straight up calling his daughter a sheep. I don’t know what the connotations are.

      3. He may mean an ‘Aaron’ type.

        “I have done 1,000 dreadful things as willingly as one would kill a fly, and nothing grieves me heartily indeed but that I cannot do 10,000 more.”

    2. The overall drug war culture is the only “why” you need for this. It’s a bad dude in playing his part in a bad system.

      1. +1

      2. +100000000000000000000000000000000

      3. This is so fucking insane and so scary. Just think about it, this is just one case accidentally revealed. Anyone with a badge can do this. There are thousands like him walking the streets every day.

        Avoid cops like a plague. Don’t approach them, don’t even talk to them. If you’re dealing with a cop you’re at his mercy. How do you know if his not insane or making himself a career or just in a bad mood? He can do whatever he wishes and he has 90% chance of getting away with it, because his peers will cover him.

        1. But they get seriously butt-hurt when asked to leave Starbucks.

    3. Probably wanted credit as a “super cop” who was cracking down on drugs and low life. Career oriented.

      Would like to see him publicly shamed and paraded through the village square, put in stocks at public events as part of his incarceration. And be personally responsible financially to all of his victims.

      1. Most likely this. Cops are rewarded for arresting and punishing people. This is why police as an institute isn’t interested in lowering crime rates. The higher the crime rate is better for them.

        They are interested in making things illegal. More rewards and more funding for them. And if there are no real crimes they fake them.

  3. Fuck this guy. Hard. With a cactus dildo.

    1. He will most likely be killed in prison.

      1. Not too quickly I hope.

      2. Doubt it. Cops almost never get general pop.

        1. I had a question about this because I have know idea what happens in terms of incarceration of cops.

          1. Yikes *no idea

          2. They typically get segregated units with the child molesters and others that would get killed in GenPop like they deserve.

            And that’s assuming this pig will see a day in prison post-conviction.
            I’m keeping my expectations low.

            1. They found the stash of drugs in his car, so he’ll do at least some time I think.

        2. Hopefully he gets solitary, the whole time. Let his own mind consume him, as I’m sure many of his victims felt as they went away for crimes they did not commit.

    2. Soaked in Tiger Balm.

  4. “Before joining the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in 2016, Wester was fired from his previous job at the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office for inappropriate relations with women, the Tallahassee Democrat revealed.”
    Speaking of registering certain people for certain crimes, so the public’s right to know is protected – – – –
    How about once fired, always fired for all law enforcement?
    Including “private security” work.

    1. The state could pass a law restricting their hiring of these guys, but do not restrict private companies. Their criminal records should be easily found, however.

      1. Which might be tougher than you’d suspect. They usually protect the identities of the arresting officers in cases that have any controversy. They trot them out as heroes whenever possible, but suddenly they can’t name the guy who shot the unarmed kid in the back.

        1. the guy who shot the unarmed kid

          Please! It’s “the officer involved in the shooting”.

    2. This is a better question than the question of why he did it – why was he entrusted with authority after demonstrating he was not to be trusted with authority? And why does this seem to be a recurring problem with bad cops, they get caught and it turns out they’ve been let go from previous police departments for being bad cops. What kind of “good cops” continue to allow bad cops in their midst?

      1. ” why was he entrusted with authority after demonstrating he was not to be trusted with authority?”

        Because, FYTW.

        ” What kind of “good cops””

        Ah yes, the myth of the so called good cops. They are harder to find than unicorns.

    3. Any crimes commited under color of law, particularly those depriving innocent people of their Liberty, should first and foremost preclude any gainful employment that entrusts the individual with ANY kind of authority, in addition to any penalties for the crimes themselves. This fuck shouldn’t even be able to get a part-time crossing-guard position.

  5. What is reason gonna call its crime investigation show in Netflix?

    1. Fuct by cop.

    2. Netflix wouldn’t touch Reason with a ten yard shitty pole. It did however cosy up right quick fast in a hurry with Vox, Justice Democrats, Greta Thunberg, etc.

      1. Netflix also hosts some cop-sucking shows too. I remember watching one (I can’t remember the name) a few years ago – the last episode had the cops checking out this house because they spotted a weed growing operation in his basement. They went to knock on his door during mid-day and he didn’t answer.

        So what did they do? They showed up and raided his home at like 2AM in the morning. Smart! Of course the homeowner opens fire on them wounding/killing like 5 home-invading officers. The show presented everything from the cop’s point of view – how horrible it was as they got attacked for invading this guy’s home unannounced at 2AM.

        I remember thinking “this seems fishy.” So I looked it up – turns out the homeowner the was an Iraq war veteran with severe PTSD that was growing pot purely for his own consumption to deal with that PTSD. Also, it turns out that the cops only tried to knock on his door ONCE (he was at work) – they didn’t try to call him, come visit at another time, stake out his house waiting for him to get home… no, they decided to play pretend warzone and got fucked up by a real warrior.

        Fuck those cops. Fuck the people that made whatever show that was.

        1. +1000

        2. just daaaamn!

        3. Fuck them all to hell.

  6. “You’re never certain of the ways of the heart of man,” State Attorney William Eddins of the 1st Judicial Circuit said in a news conference Wednesday. “We have some ideas and some theories, and we’ve talked about that a lot.”

    A penny for your thoughts, Bill. And how about just asking Webster? At this point I’m sure he’d gladly do the “You need me on that wall” routine.

    1. “You cant handle the truth! Son we live in a world that has walls, and those have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it you, you lieutenant Weinberg?…I have neither the time,or the inclination, to explain myself to a man, who rises and sleep under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner, in which I provide it. I’d rather you just say ‘thank you’ and go on your way.”

      You’re welcome.

    2. “I, a proud cog in the criminal justice system, have no idea why my fellow civil servant would allow himself to get caught in this predicament!”

      1. I don’t see a problem with his statement. He can’t read the mind of another man – no one can, not even a woman. It is actually honest to find someone saying that he doesn’t know the reason and would be speculating.

  7. So did you just run the plates of random cars, and tag those with prior convictions? Easy enough: who you gonna believe, a hard working cop [with a very impressive record of arrests and subsequent convictions…] or a previously convicted dirt bag, right?

  8. This investigation is going back about two and half years, as long as Wester has been employed with the sheriff’s office….

    1. Douches are cleaner than this guy.

  9. Privatize the police

    1. Formalities like that wouldn’t matter one bit as long as the unions controlled the game.

        1. Yeah, I know. It’s a shame ol’ Rothbard doesn’t get more love around these parts.

  10. I don’t understand the Headline’s use of the word “innocent”. Is that relevant?

  11. If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about, right??

    1. I actually used to believe that. Lawyer up!

  12. ” Our fine law enforcement policed themselves and apprehended the one and only ‘bad Apple’, so we can safely continue taking all officer’s testimony as the gospel truth”.
    / Judges everywhere

    1. police officer testimony should be inadmissable in court – evidense or GTFO. Ther is too big a conflict of interest to put people away on their word.

  13. Muh thin blue line!!!

  14. A news story that’s worse when started by ‘Florida Man’ is when it begins with ‘Florida Sheriff ‘.

  15. That’s a couple of good articles today. We really need to let these people sue the cop directly as well.

  16. Is it me or do cops come in two flavors: Those smart enough to turn their body cameras on before they commit a crime, and those too dumb to do it before committing a crime.

  17. State Attorney Glenn Hess and Chief Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford remain while Christina Pumphrey, the former assistant state attorney who worked apparently against them to bring this to light, had to resign. I hope she wins her whistleblower complaint against them.

  18. Videotaping this crime spree was the best idea we ever had!

  19. “Honesty is going to go a long way with me”

    Never ever EVER believe any cop who tells you this, no matter what it’s about. Keep your mouth shut.

    1. Its the same thing as “Telling us the truth is going to make this a lot easier.”

      It will make it easier FOR THEM. Not you.

      1. I had one who was nice enough to tell me that he is not my lawyer, meaning it’s the opposite of his job to help me out of the situation. I appreciated that. Fat donut-munching fucker.

        1. So what were you arrested for Tony?
          I’m betting it was for solicitation.

    2. exactly. I go back and forth with cops. Yeah we need them. But we need them to do whats right, not run up statistics. there are both kinds out there and you don’t know which one you’re talking to. I get pulled over a lot at night because of the hours I work. That in itself is annoying. they can always make up an excuse as to why they pulled you over. when they find no alcohol most just leave as there are paying customers whizzing by while they’re wasting time with me. But that tells you they type of cop they are. The ones that walk up to the window and say “How much have you had to drink”? are the worst, I like to answer “When did you stop beating your wife”, but only if i have 20 minutes to spare. Of course then your at least 50/50 to get a ticket even if you’ve done nothing wrong. A camera in the car is becoming mandatory now a days.

  20. This is why you never give consent to a search. Ever. I’ve never trusted cops just based upon them being cops. There are of course cops that I trust, but if you’re in a situation where you know you’ve done nothing wrong and they ask to search your vehicle, ask them to give you a reason. And never fall for the whole “If you have nothing to hide then why can’t I search?” routine. That’s the big brother bit. I’ve made this argument to many people and they always dismissively tell me that things like this never happen. Well….

    1. I’ve made this argument to many people and they always dismissively tell me that things like this never happen

      I’m going to take a wild guess and bet that none of these people are poor.

      1. You’d be right.

    2. I’ve made this argument to many people and they always dismissively tell me that things like this never happen.

      One type of person always agrees when I make that argument—lawyers.

  21. “Wester pulled them over for allegedly having inoperable tag lights and swerving over the center line.”

    This is the biggest issue right here. The fact that police officers, whose role is SUPPOSED to be to provide force on behalf of the state to thwart bad people from doing violent things, are instead relegated to vehicle inspectors which is something that never should have happened in the first place. This policy (which is easily corrected btw) has been the dominant method for cops to circumvent the 4th amendment and ultimately pull the kind of crap this article is about. Take that away and you eliminate 95% of police misconduct.

    1. This is the biggest issue right here.

      Well it’s an issue…

    2. Agreed. Police should not be permitted to make traffic stops for minor equipment violations alone. Nor should they be allowed to run plates on fishing expeditions. Those changes would greatly reduce the kind of stops that create opportunity for police mischief.

  22. The sheriff who hired and oversaw this criminal drug warrior is a Republican. The state attorney whose office is described as harassing the whistle-blower who revealed the drug warrior wrongdoing is a Republican. Drug warriors are low-quality people, and most of them are conservatives. One more reason to applaud the liberal-libertarian mainstream’s victory over right-wingers in the culture war, including with respect to the drug war.

    1. The top candidates in the Democratic primary are currently Prosecutor Harris and Crime Bill Joe.

      1. Prosecutors need crime bills.

        Sounds like a match.

        1. A Joe-Harris Ticket is very much a possibility.

      2. Yeah, Counterfeit Race-Card and Handsy Grandpa are both “tough on crime” democrats.

    2. Rev, I don’t know what church you preach for, but if you think democrats are better than republicans you need to spend a weekend in Chicago and try not to get shot. Or, a weekend in San Franshtsco and try and not get needled or bathed in feces. The list could go on for disgusted and destroyed formerly beautiful cities all currently run and destroyed by Democrats. At least this Republican run conservative municipality has caught, exposed and is prosecuting this pos. Where are the exposures and prosecutions in all those Democrat run corruption zones?

      1. I have a feeling he’s one of those ‘got his reverend degree online’ types.

  23. Somebody will beat the life out of this worthless piece of shit in prison. Justice will be served.

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  26. Hopefully he can plead down to a seat belt violation so he can find work in some other department.

    /PoliceOne

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    1. Would you mind repeating that?
      I didn’t quite get it all.
      Thanks.

  32. Photo’s of this a$$*#ole are everywhere but you won’t find them at Reason, which for reasons unknown think we need 2 identical photos of someone’s hand.

    https://www.newsherald.com/news/20180920/over-250-cases-in-question-after-jcso-deputy-fired-for-planting-drug-evidence

    1. There’s a really excellent pic of this guy on msn.com (of all places). He looks like a fat-assed poster boy for dunkin donuts aspiring to be a mall-cop.

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  34. What a retard.
    He should’ve planted the drugs in the ground so they could grow, and he could make money selling to other cops.
    But no.
    This dumb ass thought planting drugs on people would make the drugs grow quicker.
    Didn’t he take a basic biology class in high school?

  35. “former Jackson County sheriff’s deputy Zach Wester had been arrested and charged with 52 felony crimes”

    I almost came when I read this.

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  38. this is so creepy. if he was serial killer I could make more sense of this. wtf is the motivation.

    1. It’s simple. Cops are rewarded for arrests. He was making himself a career as a crime-fighter.

  39. The police are the enemy of freedom. “The whole good cop/bad cop question can be disposed of much more decisively. We need not enumerate what proportion of cops appears to be good or listen to someone’s anecdote about his Uncle Charlie, an allegedly good cop. We need only consider the following: (1) a cop’s job is to enforce the laws, all of them; (2) many of the laws are manifestly unjust, and some are even cruel and wicked; (3) therefore every cop has agreed to act as an enforcer for laws that are manifestly unjust or even cruel and wicked. There are no good cops.” ~Robert Higgs

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  42. So none of his fellow cops knew a thing about it. Uh huh.

    Rural Florida cop on a power trip destroying people for sadistic fun. No one ever heard of that before.

    Maybe he will actually do real time instead of a country club for a few months. Maybe.

    1. Yep. People who insist “but most cops aren’t like that!” need to remember that. The “good” cops who are keeping their mouths shut are bad cops, too, and that IS most of them.

      1. The ones who don’t keep their mouths shut get hounded out of the department fairly quickly.

        If the alleged good cops were the majority, the bad cops would be afraid of them, rather than the other way around.

  43. The Collusion (D)elusion is another example of willful criminal acts committed by govt agencies. If it can happen to a president, you have no expectation of being immune.

  44. “Pulled over for crossing the center lane”. What a crock. I think the only way to avoid prosecution for something more serious stemming from crossing the center lane… is to install front & rear cameras in your vehicle. It’s a sad state when you have to resort to protecting yourself from the authorities.

    1. That’s the lesson of history—you have to protect yourself from authority.

  45. There are bad apples in every profession but when it a cop is it worse because they can take away your freedom. This guy is so screwed because he will have lots of friends waiting when he gets to prison.

    1. The original saying is “a few bad apples spoil the barrel”.

      Rot is contagious. if you don’t quickly get rid of the bad apples, the rot spreads until it contaminates the entire barrel.

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  47. The new prison reform or to get him out in a few months

  48. Those in the prosecutor’s office who “ostracized and ignored” the whistleblower should also be in jail.

  49. Wester needs to be made an example to any other evil, lying, pigs who might have the same idea, not to do this to the public. We pay them with our taxes to serve and protect us and if planting drugs on innocent people isn’t the very opposite than I don’t know what is. He should do hard time and a long time to get the message across…don’t screw with us, you who are criminal and hide behind the law and a badge and abuse it to intentionally harass and harm us.

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  51. A fabricated arrest for a fabricated crime? What the statists need is to legalize new criteria for drug arrests like they did with “asset forfeiture” (theft), e.g., “I felt (suspected) drugs were somehow involved.” An LEO’s “feelings”, e.g., “I was in fear for my life” allow murder, why not drug arrest?

  52. You guys sound like you’ve never been “served and protected” before?
    Cops are so nice, why a few years ago, I was pulled over for speeding, and the cop was so wonderful. He even let me pay the fine, in cash right there, so I wouldn’t have to be inconvenienced going to the courthouse!

  53. About as despicable as it gets. His buddies and union will protect him as long as they can. The term “pig” didn’t come into our vernacular for no reason.

  54. “A former Florida police chief who admitted to framing black men for crimes they did not commit was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday.”

    He wasn’t the first Florida cop to do this, and when the penalty averages only three years, he certainly won’t be the last.

  55. Well, the latest news is that given Zach Wester’s extensive field testing experience he was able to secure employment in a lab that tests police drug evidence. All concerns should be allayed because of the much stronger policies, oversight and restructuring of the compensation based on proceeds from civil asset forfeiture and fines as a result of positive drug findings.

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