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Saturday, July 12, 2014

A part-time police officer in a small Illinois community has been fired after less than a week on the job and faces faces criminal charges of official misconduct, possession of a stolen firearm and burglary. Ryszard T. Kopacz, 30, allegedly went door-to-door in a residential neighborhood while on duty and in full uniform "soliciting prescription narcotics," according to Richmond police.


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I stopped in Richmond (CA) late one night to fill up with gas. The minute I stepped out of the car I freaked, filled the tanked and split. It was like being on the wrong side of DC.

#1 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-07-12 09:19 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Different Richmond. This one's in Illinois on the Wisconsin border.

#2 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-12 09:38 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

A chronology of this guy's police & military service would shed some light on what went wrong. He apparently ended up in a department that has standards and some cooperation from citizens. Most likely he got addicted, or strengthened an addiction overseas. The military doesn't bother you while you're off-duty, as long as you show up for roster; whereas cops are pretty much expected to adhere to General Orders 24-7.

We had an Austin cop that was arrested for prostitution (as customer) in Jamaica (i think an alcohol disturbance/non-payment was involved) and he made the mistake of telling his command what he did there was none of their business or jurisdiction.

#3 | Posted by kenx at 2014-07-13 02:27 AM | Reply | Flag:

no, sure you're right. the military doesn't drug test. right. ?

#4 | Posted by ichiro at 2014-07-13 04:35 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Wow! That beats pre-Katrina NOLA cops dealing in uniform while in marked cars.

#5 | Posted by 88120rob at 2014-07-13 09:46 AM | Reply | Flag:

Anyone who takes an oath to do what is right as entry to a job serving the public, be it police, judge, official, da, elected official needs held to a much higher standard than general public. One strike for them should be equivalent of 3 strikes by the public.

#6 | Posted by Robson at 2014-07-13 10:07 AM | Reply | Flag:

When I was in the Army stationed in El Paso, we were getting drug tested almost every Monday morning. There were quite a few getting busted for cocaine. I knew two guys that were on extra duty for getting busted with drugs and during there lunch break from extra duty, went to Juarez and bought some more. They were eventually discharged.

#7 | Posted by rearendhat at 2014-07-13 10:08 AM | Reply | Flag:

I actually live not too far away from Richmond and went to school in Wauconda. Richmond is a little town where you would feel safe to walk in the middle of the night.

#8 | Posted by rjgonzalez at 2014-07-13 10:47 AM | Reply | Flag:

i was referencing my experience in the Navy in '75, and what i've seen with our troops overseas. In the 70s there was a lot of stuff going on by a lot of the sailors, me included. i had a bit of an authority / anti-establishment issue that got me in trouble; but cocaine was not the big thing then, and heavy alcohol & drug users were left alone.

#9 | Posted by kenx at 2014-07-14 06:31 AM | Reply | Flag:

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