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Some convicted by West Valley drug unit want their cases reviewed

Embattled department places 7 more officers on administrative leave

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  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2013 7:46 p.m.

    I have to wonder HOW LONG the "investigation" will take? They've already taken 5 months for what should have taken two weeks.

    What do they do all this time? How long will the officers involved remain on paid administrative leave?

    Months? Years?

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2013 7:56 a.m.

    Disband the entire force and go with Unified. The costs of litigating wrongful convictions should be paid by the City, not the State, because they tolerated the cowboys for years. When does the Grand Jury meet?

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    April 18, 2013 10:23 a.m.

    Re: "Some convicted by West Valley drug unit want their cases reviewed"

    I'll bet ALL those convicted by evidence obtained by the West Valley drug unit want their cases reviewed. Probably a lot more whose cases didn't even come out of West Valley, as well.

    That doesn't mean there's anything wrong with any of the evidence or the courts' findings, but criminals will grasp for straws whenever they can.

    That's why this investigation should be completed and closed as soon as possible. Any lack of effective leadership or betrayal of the public trust should be promptly and fairly dealt with.

    And we should then move on.

    There are elements out there -- some posting here -- that suggest the actions of a few bad officers somehow taint the efforts of the many honest, decent, hardworking men and women we pay so poorly and so grudgingly to do so much for us.

    It's WAY past time to be fair to them.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    April 18, 2013 11:04 a.m.

    Why did it take the shooting of a suspect for this to come to light? Where was the oversight? The WVC Mayor and former police chief has some explaining to do. They act as if they had no idea what was happening.

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    April 18, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    @procuradorfiscal
    are you interesting in justice, or punishment? Seems its in everyone's best interest to find the truth. And if you were convicted by treachery rather than the law, you are innocent of the charges are you not?
    You seem to just want to brush this under the table and move on. People like me want to see justice for those wronged by the police. Being arrested whether falsely or not ruins your life. So if it was a false arrest or a arrest made with improper procedure then it's isn't right to convict. End of story.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    April 18, 2013 1:37 p.m.

    Re: ". . . if you were convicted by treachery rather than the law, you are innocent of the charges are you not?"

    Only if I have not actually committed the crime.

    Otherwise, it's just a technicality.

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    April 19, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    @procuradorfiscal

    So you don't believe in due process, ie the way we do justice. You believe in your own way? Not the constitution?

  • WestGranger West Valley City, Utah
    April 19, 2013 11:03 p.m.

    @Midvaliean

    There are a lot of questions still left unanswered and yet a lot of people already asking for heads to roll. Punishing police officers indiscriminately and out of personality animosity toward law enforcement in general is not justice. It is vigilantism, unconstitutional aside from being grossly unfair. How would you like to be fired or punished because a coworker committed a wrongful act without your knowledge?
    A desire for justice is one thing but too often in this case we see a highly emotional form of prejudice.