I have some inside information on this one. Some of the people involved are people that I personally know. I know them pretty well, actually. Back in November, a Kissimmee Police officer (that I don’t know) was at a party and got pretty intoxicated. Some people that I do know were at the party knew that he was too drunk to drive and begged him not to drive. He left anyway.
Nearly 20 miles away, he called 911 to report that he had been carjacked by “four dudes” who “pulled him the f*ck out” and took his truck. His truck was found in a retention pond just down the street. The cop was soaking wet from the knees down. A search revealed that the keys to the truck were found in his pocket.
Now at this point, most people would be in trouble: DUI, filing a false police report, etc. Heck, there are members of the Trump administration that got YEARS in prison for lying to the police. What did this cop get? He got a ride home from other cops.
So who are the bad apples here? Certainly the Kissimmee cop who was DUI for 20 miles, got in an accident, fled the scene, then called 911 and filed a false report of a carjacking to cover it all up. What about the Orange County deputies who let him call his buddies for a ride home? The Orlando police who failed to report it? The Belle isle cops who didn’t report it either? The Kissimmee cops who gave him a ride home?
Was this a case of a “few bad apples?” Or is this yet another example of the “thin blue wall of silence” protecting their own?
This isn’t the first time this Department has had a scandal like this. Not even in the first time this year, nor the past two years. Just another bad apple.