Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Beleagured Fall River Massachusetts Police Department: WPRI 12: At first this didn't seem like a big deal. An officer of the law caught with a bit of marijuana in his desk at the precinct. Well, thanks to in-depth investigative reporting from WPRI 12 reporters Eli Sherman and Tim White we know that wasn't quite the case - this involved more than 'a drawer' in the officer's cubicle - it also involved three locked safes (one of which contained enough fentanyl to kill nearly two-thousand individuals) - and the drugs included heroin, oxycodone, amphetamines and crack cocaine. What's going on here? I will be following developments closely. Read on. HL..."On Feb. 17, a confidential informant contacted the Fall River Police Department with an accusation that’s since sent the seaside city into turmoil: Det. Joshua Robillard is “giving drugs to an informant.” Fast forward five months and law enforcement has concluded there isn’t enough evidence to file any criminal charges against Robillard, in large part because the informant stopped cooperating with investigators, according to an internal investigation released Monday. But the report nonetheless showed the officer for years stashed an alarming amount of illegal drugs inside his desk and safes instead of documenting and submitting them into the station’s evidence locker. Robillard and another officer are now serving suspensions, and the district attorney estimates at least a dozen drug cases could get tossed out as a result. Defense attorneys expect the number will grow."

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I find that the presence of the significant quantity of drugs, particularly with no case nexus, to be very troubling,” wr...