PoliceOne Mailbag Roundup: Slap in the face of public safety?
P-1 members sound off on the “narc officer video”
Ex-agent Barry Cooper of Texas, called the “best narcotics officer in the country” by his former boss, set off a firestorm in the LEO community when he announced plans to market a how-to video on concealing drugs and fooling police.
The video, called “Never Get Busted Again,” shows viewers how to "conceal their stash," "avoid narcotics profiling" and "fool canines every time.”
Cooper, who favors the legalization of marijuana, made the video in part because he believes the nation's war on drugs is a waste of resources, and also, he says, because marijuana users fill prisons with nonviolent offenders.
Enraged critics say Cooper is a “traitor to the Oath,” a pusher, a sell-out, a low-life opportunist……and in possible violation of the law. Read full story
"I feel sorry for you, Barry Cooper, for the simple reason that you have apparently crossed that fine line that seperates the bad from the good. . . .Please take into account how many officers have died fighting this scourge of the entire world." -- Capt. Chet Bowen Pearl River PD (LA)
"The turncoat has all the right in the world to make money in a legal way, however this video is bordering on conspiracy. [Cooper] is more than a turncoat to law enforcement; he is lower than the dealers of these substances. No matter what he thinks of the laws of our land, they are the law and he has no right to violate them." -- Deputy Ed Gaibl, Plymouth County Sheriff's Dept. (MA)
"While he may have appeared to have gone to the other side to make money, the video could also be used as a training aid for police agencies. Those criminals that use the video as a resource to hide contraband can be advantageous to an officer who will know where to search during a stop." -- Joseph Belanger, Delaware Department of Corrections
"My opinion, this Ex-cop is a disgrace. This Ex-cop should be training officers and make his skills or knowledge available to other officers and departments." -- Officer T. Dexter, North Texas Health Care VA Police Service
"Real law enforcement officers work hard every day to protect our society from these types of people. Mr. Cooper appearently gave into the philosophy of: 'If you can't beat them, join them.'" -- Sgt. Pete Hackett Albuquerque Police Dept. (NM)
"The idea of this video goes against everything I believe as a police officer. It does not matter if I agree with all of the laws or not, I am sworn to enforce them." -- Officer Will Coursey, Hopkins County PD (KY)
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