Plenty of interesting information in part 22 of Jerry Bledsoe's Cops in Black & White series in yesterday's Rhino (as yet unposted), including some hinky-sounding stuff involving payoffs, informants, and big-ass drug deals. Jerry continues to provide troubling details about the inner workings of our police department.
Also, a curious omission: Perhaps you thought, upon being reminded on the front page that GPD Lt. James Hinson was investigated for alleged misconduct involving prostitutes and drug dealers, hmm, the results of those investigations seem important to the story, how odd to mention the investigations and just leave them hanging like rotten fruit without saying what happened.
So, in the collaborative spirit of the internets, here's a handy reminder from the RMA report of what was going on as David Wray pursued yet another investigation of Hinson in 2005:
By this time Hinson's association with the Turnbull criminal organization had been reviewed by the U.S. Attorney's Office and there was no evidence to support a criminal investigation into Hinson (2002).
Sanders, Bissett and others had spent 16 months investigating Hinson for possible violations of state or local criminal offenses and had not found evidence to support any criminal charges against him (2002-2004)
The Internal Affairs Unit had conducted a thorough review of the criminal investigation submitted by Sanders, followed appropriate IA protocol, and found no evidence to substantiate allegations of administrative rule violations. (2004)
Something about these results must be hard to remember: The RMA report goes on to say that Wray did not tell members of his own command staff about these results, either, even as they questioned him about the substance of his 2005 investigation. The RMA report calls this omission "an issue of concern regarding the actions of Chief Wray."