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Bad Cop Lesson #248: Don't Rip Off The Non-Criminals

Times must indeed be tough locally if Houston police are forced to seek "financial assistance" from the civilian population:

A Houston police officer has been accused of stealing from drug suspects and those he pulled over in the line of duty.

Matthias Dornellien, 24, was charged with theft by a public servant. He appeared in court on Monday and was released on $5,000 bond.

Investigators said the police department received several complaints about Dornellien and his patrols in the Third Ward. [...] Internal Affairs said the officer stole $273 from an undercover officer he pulled over.

Maybe it's just me, but I think the problem started when Dornellien expanded his range of victims beyond "drug suspects." As this guy could tell you, people are pretty dismissive of problems befalling the criminal element.

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