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The Surreal Story of the Camera Cutting Cops
When I google "Worst Person Ever," the fifth thing that comes up is State Rep. John Perzel. Rep. Perzel deserves that honor for the piss poor, underhanded, undemocratic, regressive and anti-Philadelphia way he managed the Pennsylvania State House. But for today, he gets a one day reprieve, because of these guys:
THE NARCOTICS officers knew they were being watched on video surveillance moments after they entered the bodega.
Officer Jeffrey Cujdik told store owner Jose Duran that police were in search of tiny ziplock bags often used to package drugs. But, during the September 2007 raid, Cujdik and fellow squad members seemed much more interested in finding every video camera in the West Oak Lane store.
"I got like seven or eight eyes," shouted Officer Thomas Tolstoy, referring to the cameras, as the officers glanced up. "There's one outside. There is one, two, three, four in the aisles, and there's one right here somewhere."
For the next several minutes, Tolstoy and other Narcotics Field Unit officers systematically cut wires to cameras until those "eyes" could no longer see.
Then, after the officers arrested Duran and took him to jail, nearly $10,000 in cash and cartons of Marlboros and Newports were missing from the locked, unattended store, Duran alleges. The officers guzzled sodas and scarfed down fresh turkey hoagies, Little Debbie fudge brownies and Cheez-Its, he said.
Pretty terrible. But, in the era of the magical internets, it looks like today's worst person era had a real 'oopsie' moment:
What the officers didn't count on was that Duran's high-tech video system had a hidden backup hard-drive. The backup downloaded the footage to his private Web site before the wires were cut.
This is so bad that it is bizarre. Put it this way, when you make an officer alleged to be selling crack look good by comparison, you know you are doing a bad thing.
It has been a rough year or so for the PPD. With all the tragedies they have seen, and with the goodwill that Chief Ramsey seems to have engendered, the relationship of the police to the general public seems about as close I can ever remember it. Stories like these go a long way to destroying that.
And it is a reminder that oversight, both from the media and from the government, will always, always be needed.