My crime column this week . . .

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

. . . looks at why so many drug cops go bad.

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4 Responses to “My crime column this week . . .”

  1. #1 |  perlhaqr | 

    “Go” bad? Don’t most of them just start out there?

  2. #2 |  Andrew Roth | 

    I just heard an impressive story about a bad cop getting involved with drugs. A friend of mine who worked with fire officials in Blue Lake, CA, told me that former Police Chief David Gundersen was notorious for cleaning out the medicine cabinets of people whose houses his department raided. Regardless of the nominal purpose of a raid, prescription medications disappeared from the premises. If Gundersen himself wasn’t the prescription hound, one of his officers was, probably with his complicity.

    Gundersen wasn’t charged with stealing prescription medications. He was charged with multiple counts of spousal rape (great professionalism angle: his wife was also his sergeant); the jury acquitted him of rape after his wife recanted, but convicted him of one count of misdemeanor battery for each of the photographs that he took of her while she was unconscious, on the conclusion that he undressed her in order to take the pictures. He was also convicted of weapons charges; not only did he and his force have one hell of an arsenal of assault weapons, Gundersen also had a pistol with a silencer.

    This article from the Times-Standard has most of the creepy details:

    http://www.times-standard.com/localnews/ci_10554034

    As far as I know, no charges have been filed for Gundersen’s alleged rape at gunpoint of another woman (I think she was also an ex, although the Times-Standard didn’t say). I think Paul Gallegos, the Humboldt County DA, may have decided that Gundersen has been pretty well nailed already.

    At least from this point forward, if Gundersen wants to steal someone else’s sedatives, he’ll have to commit a good, old-fashioned civilian burglary.

  3. #3 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    corruption is a feature, not a bug. I assure you.

  4. #4 |  onewhoknows | 

    Gundersen wasn’t the one after the meds…it was his girlfriend/wife Darcie Seal. He lied on numerous occassions to protect her and did her biding. He took the fall on the David Beebee issue for her. This whole mess came about because someone leaked info to either Darcie or Dave that she was under investigation for trading guns and grow equipment to her ex-brother-in-law Carl Patton from the evidence room. Carl Patton used one of the guns in the attempted murder of his girlfriend. He took a plea deal and gave up Darcie. (He’s out of jail now.) The DA was more interested in taking down a Chief than a Sgt.

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