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Wisconsin Cop Gets a Minor Slap on the Wrist for Major Negligence

Posted on the 13 December 2011 by Mikeb302000 reports
A misdemeanor charge or conviction does not preclude someone from serving as a police officer in Wisconsin. At least nine Milwaukee police officers have misdemeanor convictions on their records, according to a Journal Sentinel investigation published in October.
Pending the outcome of the criminal case, Edwards will be on administrative duty with the Neighborhood Task Force, Schwartz said. While doing the desk job, he will retain his full police powers, which means he is still allowed to wear a badge, carry a gun and make arrests.
I thought the police were supposed to be held to an even higher standard. This kind of stupidity, carrying a gun that way and trying to grab it when it falls, is too much to be treated so lightly. That's my opinion.
What's yours? Please leave a comment.
If I might add an excerpt, MikeB, for anyone who didn't follow the link:

By Gina Barton
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A Milwaukee police sergeant whose gun went off inside Southridge Mall in Greendale on Nov. 2 was charged Thursday with endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon, a misdemeanor.
Michael A. Edwards, 45, has been on the force since 1986. He also is the president of the Milwaukee Police Supervisors' Organization, the union that represents sergeants, lieutenants and captains, according to the organization's website.
If convicted, Edwards faces a maximum possible penalty of nine months in jail and a fine of $10,000.
According to a criminal complaint released Thursday, Edwards was in line at Auntie Anne's pretzel shop when he reached into his back pocket for his wallet. As he did, his gun slid out of his waistband and down his pants. As he reached for the weapon, it went off, blowing a hole through his pants. The gun was not in a holster and did not have a safety, the complaint says. A woman standing nearby heard a loud bang and felt a stinging sensation on her leg, where she suffered a welt, the complaint says.
According to earlier reports, the bullet hit the marble floor and disintegrated. It was not clear from the complaint whether the bullet ricocheted off the floor and hit the woman's leg, or whether she was hit by a piece of shrapnel. Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern did not respond to messages seeking clarification Thursday.
 I couldn't resist adding that part, which shows why a holster is essential to safe carry. - DG

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