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(USA Today)   While it's pretty hard to get fired these days if you're a cop, get caught red-handed after robbing a bank WILL do it   ( usatoday.com) divider line
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2018-02-07 12:56:56 PM  
You have to stick with murdering innocents if you want to keep your job.

/amidoinitright?
 
2018-02-07 01:08:50 PM  
Sheriff Grice fired Deputy Jeff Athey as soon as he learned of his arrest.
"They know that they're not going to be employed with me if they violate the law," Sheriff Grice said in a phone interview.  "They know what the law is.  He knew what the law was."


I remember a time when he wouldn't have had to reassure people he'd fired the bank robber.
 
2018-02-07 01:25:07 PM  
Sheriff Grice says Jeff Athey was with the Sheriff's Office for several years in the civil division, responsible for prisoner transport.

OK... Not exactly a cop.
 
2018-02-07 02:58:13 PM  
"I fought the law, and the...law won"

Narrator: No it didn't.
 
2018-02-07 03:25:52 PM  

Dr.Fey: You have to stick with murdering innocents if you want to keep your job.

/amidoinitright?


or stealing from them
 
2018-02-07 03:25:58 PM  
Theft is punishable only if you steal from the wealthy.
 
2018-02-07 03:26:21 PM  
Remember: Shooting a black person in the back is administrative leave with pay. Removing a nazi flag is administrative leave with no pay.
 
2018-02-07 03:27:16 PM  
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2018-02-07 03:27:24 PM  
So his friends weren't able to misplace the evidence in time?  That sucks.
 
2018-02-07 03:31:00 PM  

Dr.Fey: You have to stick with murdering innocents if you want to keep your job.

/amidoinitright?


Done in one.

Crimes against money?  That's a firing.  Murdering a black guy?  BLUE LIVES MATTER!
 
2018-02-07 03:31:18 PM  

fly_gal: Sheriff Grice says Jeff Athey was with the Sheriff's Office for several years in the civil division, responsible for prisoner transport.

OK... Not exactly a cop.


It works that way in a lot of Sheriff's offices. You can be a fully certified, sworn officer and be put to work transporting prisoners or even serving civil papers for years before hitting the streets as a patrol officer.

Some departments you'll see guys bidding to work in the civil division serving summons and such when they get near retirement, because it's a day shift job that's pretty easy for the most part.
 
2018-02-07 03:32:37 PM  

fly_gal: Sheriff Grice says Jeff Athey was with the Sheriff's Office for several years in the civil division, responsible for prisoner transport.

OK... Not exactly a cop.


Unfortunately prisoners have already been robbed of their drugs and money by actual cops.
 
2018-02-07 03:32:37 PM  

TofuTheAlmighty: Theft is punishable only if you steal from the wealthy.


My caddy's chauffer informs me that banks are where people keep money that isn't properly invested. That means robbing a bank is tantamount to that most heinous of crimes: theft of money.
 
2018-02-07 03:34:28 PM  
This isn't supposed to be a manual.
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2018-02-07 03:41:03 PM  
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2018-02-07 03:43:31 PM  

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IT'S NOT ILLEGAL WHEN WE DO IT, CITIZEN.
 
2018-02-07 03:44:09 PM  
"Getting," Subby.

Use your gerunds.
 
2018-02-07 03:44:12 PM  
If they paid cops a decent salary, they wouldn't have to rob banks to get by.
 
2018-02-07 03:59:37 PM  
First rule for being a cop:  Don't steal from the rich.
 
2018-02-07 04:00:37 PM  

big pig peaches: If they paid cops a decent salary, they wouldn't have to rob banks to get by.


The lowest possible salary for a new recruit in my city is $87,756, but that's before incentives, differentials, bonuses, and overtime. The highest paid officer took home $191k in 2016. That's an officer, not a corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, etc.

And my city pays relatively poorly for the area.

How much more than the average civilian does an Officer need to make before they don't get to rob banks anymore?
 
2018-02-07 04:05:29 PM  

fnordfocus: big pig peaches: If they paid cops a decent salary, they wouldn't have to rob banks to get by.

The lowest possible salary for a new recruit in my city is $87,756, but that's before incentives, differentials, bonuses, and overtime. The highest paid officer took home $191k in 2016. That's an officer, not a corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, etc.

And my city pays relatively poorly for the area.

How much more than the average civilian does an Officer need to make before they don't get to rob banks anymore?


Those numbers are meaningless without context.  What is the cost of living, what is the median salary for other workers in the area?  Several years ago NYPD had recruits quitting to go back to working jobs at supermarkets because the pay was better there.
 
2018-02-07 04:34:44 PM  

HideAndGoFarkYourself: Those numbers are meaningless without context.  What is the cost of living, what is the median salary for other workers in the area?  Several years ago NYPD had recruits quitting to go back to working jobs at supermarkets because the pay was better there.


NYPD salary is a bit misleading because it starts off pretty low but literally doubles in a few years. There are NYPD officers who take home over $500k with overtime.

The median household (not personal) income is $88k in my area, or just about equal to the lowest possible officer's base salary. So, not exactly poor enough to justify robbing banks in my book.

I wouldn't argue that all cops are very well paid, although many are. I would argue that most US cops are well paid compared to the communities they support, and none are paid poorly enough to justify robbing banks.
 
2018-02-07 04:51:18 PM  
Were any dogs shot?
 
2018-02-07 04:53:50 PM  

fnordfocus: big pig peaches: If they paid cops a decent salary, they wouldn't have to rob banks to get by.

The lowest possible salary for a new recruit in my city is $87,756, but that's before incentives, differentials, bonuses, and overtime. The highest paid officer took home $191k in 2016. That's an officer, not a corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, etc.

And my city pays relatively poorly for the area.

How much more than the average civilian does an Officer need to make before they don't get to rob banks anymore?


I usually roll my eyes at that comment as well, not only because not one person would say that in their right mind as a defense of a taco bell employee who robbed a bank, but also because yes most officers in the US are well above the median personal income bracket.  *BUT*  in some places officer pay is ridiculously low and a person who may be in the position to take bribes should not be living in squalor on the governments payroll..  It's just dangerous.
 
2018-02-07 05:03:39 PM  

fnordfocus: HideAndGoFarkYourself: Those numbers are meaningless without context.  What is the cost of living, what is the median salary for other workers in the area?  Several years ago NYPD had recruits quitting to go back to working jobs at supermarkets because the pay was better there.

NYPD salary is a bit misleading because it starts off pretty low but literally doubles in a few years. There are NYPD officers who take home over $500k with overtime.

The median household (not personal) income is $88k in my area, or just about equal to the lowest possible officer's base salary. So, not exactly poor enough to justify robbing banks in my book.

I wouldn't argue that all cops are very well paid, although many are. I would argue that most US cops are well paid compared to the communities they support, and none are paid poorly enough to justify robbing banks.


Not that it means anything with relation to this story but NC has one of the lowest pay in the nation for officers like 38k, so I would think a 3rd year taxi driver officer is probably nearing minimum wage in some states.
 
2018-02-07 05:42:31 PM  
So the dividing line for acceptable behavior  is somewhere between premeditated murder and bank robbery.

Why is the murder in the "acceptable" column, while the robbery isn't?
 
2018-02-07 06:35:25 PM  
Edward Bulwer-Lytton:
"The pen is mightier than the sword"

So, if you want to rob a bank, use a pen.
 
2018-02-07 07:33:45 PM  

HideAndGoFarkYourself: fnordfocus: big pig peaches: If they paid cops a decent salary, they wouldn't have to rob banks to get by.

The lowest possible salary for a new recruit in my city is $87,756, but that's before incentives, differentials, bonuses, and overtime. The highest paid officer took home $191k in 2016. That's an officer, not a corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, etc.

And my city pays relatively poorly for the area.

How much more than the average civilian does an Officer need to make before they don't get to rob banks anymore?

Those numbers are meaningless without context.  What is the cost of living, what is the median salary for other workers in the area?  Several years ago NYPD had recruits quitting to go back to working jobs at supermarkets because the pay was better there.


The rates posted above are pretty similar for our local PD here in Southern California. Median home price is $486,000. So there is a cost of living reference for you.
 
2018-02-07 09:17:18 PM  

ShowStop: The rates posted above are pretty similar for our local PD here in Southern California. Median home price is $486,000. So there is a cost of living reference for you.


Yup. I live in California. I bought a $550k house when I was single and earning about $95k and interest rates were a lot higher than they are now. Never missed a payment. Somehow, I managed to do all of this without robbing a bank.
 
2018-02-07 09:55:04 PM  
The (real) US government doesn't put up with theft from anyone - even cops.
 
2018-02-07 10:28:17 PM  
Should have stuck to robbing dealers, and the rest of the force would cover for you.
 
2018-02-07 11:35:23 PM  
I'm sure the union will get him reinstated.
 
2018-02-07 11:47:43 PM  

bigfatbuddhist: Sheriff Grice fired Deputy Jeff Athey as soon as he learned of his arrest.
"They know that they're not going to be employed with me if they violate the law," Sheriff Grice said in a phone interview.  "They know what the law is.  He knew what the law was."

I remember a time when he wouldn't have had to reassure people he'd fired the bank robber.


The Deputy violated Grice's maxims. I see that a lot on Fark.
 
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