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Friday, July 12, 2019

The meth seemed to appear out of thin air. Benjamin Bowling couldn't figure it out. He had been clean ever since his release from prison on a DUI conviction, but now a Jackson County, Florida, sheriff's deputy was accusing him of possessing a minuscule amount of methamphetamine. ... Now, nearly two years after Bowling lost custody of the daughter he had just gotten back, after he was convicted of felony meth possession, he knows exactly how it got there.
[deputy Zachary] Wester, state investigators now say, planted it himself -- and Bowling was far from the only victim.

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Wester needs to spend many years in prison. Only a real piece of crap would do something like that.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2019-07-12 12:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Definately a perp that belongs in general population.

#2 | Posted by Vaquero at 2019-07-12 12:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Never ever let a cop search your car. They need probable cause or a warrant.
This criminal cop needs to go to prison for a long time and pay restitution to his victims.

#3 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-07-12 04:46 PM | Reply

"Bowling and Smith, confident they had nothing to hide, told Wester to go ahead and search the car after he claimed to smell marijuana, assuring him he wouldn't find any."

^
When you're accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-12 07:27 PM | Reply

this is a crime where the convictions should be served consecutively. he's like a drunk driver who runs red lights and ruins people's lives. you can't be this callous to the consequences of your actions and be sane. he's missing a component

#5 | Posted by MizWatsonsJim at 2019-07-12 08:11 PM | Reply

Let's see, three threads today with a common theme:

Florida Cop, Florida Kid, Florida Mom....wtf is wrong with that State?

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-12 08:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Not enough flesh eating bacteria is the problem.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-12 08:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

--.wtf is wrong with that State?

It's Florida Man Friday!

pjmedia.com

#8 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-12 08:19 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

i could see him or one just like showing up at the slave quarters to gather the children who were to be sold.
to just drop false drug charges on innocent people...man
well as a cop he'll do his time somewhere out of state...joliet maybe. in lockdown. good

#9 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2019-07-12 08:21 PM | Reply

If he was really doing this at random he's got bodies in his basement.

He's that kind of sick.

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2019-07-12 09:17 PM | Reply

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Florida Cop Planted Meth on Random Drivers

For every one of these conservative monsters that gets caught, there's probably a hundred who don't.

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-07-12 09:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What makes you think this cop is a conservative, Speaks?

#12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-12 09:33 PM | Reply

Florida Cop, Florida Kid, Florida Mom....wtf is wrong with that State?

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter

Last Week Tonite did a segment explaining it - Florida has unusual laws regarding criminal and privacy.
So we just HEAR more crazy crap from florida, when in reality, this stuff happens everywhere.

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-07-12 09:34 PM | Reply

What makes you think this cop is a conservative, Speaks?

#12 | Posted by JeffJ

Because that's the type of person attracted to the job where you take a paycheck to ruin the lives of poor people, enforce unjust laws written by plutocrats, and get the perk of demanding respect that you never actually earned.

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-07-12 09:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What makes you think this cop is a conservative, Speaks?

#12 | Posted by JeffJ

Because that's the type of person attracted to the job where you take a paycheck to ruin the lives of poor people, enforce unjust laws written by plutocrats, and get the perk of demanding respect that you never actually earned.

#14 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

Riiiiiiiight. Progressives are as pure as driven snow. / snark

#15 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-12 09:38 PM | Reply

#14 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2019-07-12 09:36 PM | FLAG: HYSTERIA

#16 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-12 09:39 PM | Reply

"What makes you think this cop is a conservative, Speaks?"

He fits the profile.

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-12 09:51 PM | Reply

"What makes you think this cop is a conservative, Speaks?"

He fits the profile.

#17 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Edited for accuracy:

"He fits the caricature."

FTFY

#18 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-12 09:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Florida Cop Planted Meth on Random Drivers
For every one of these conservative monsters that gets caught, there's probably a hundred who don't.
#11 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2019-07-12 09:33 PM

Agreed. After seeing Barry Coopers videos describing what Texan DEA do, that would follow.

Mr Wester, who joined the Jackson County Sheriff's Office in 2016, fell under suspicion last year after a prosecutor noticed inconsistencies in what Mr Wester wrote in his reports and what was captured on his body camera – if he turned it on.

The problem was he seemed to leave the device off most of the time, conveniently only recording after drugs were already "found" in a vehicle. In most cases, as in Mr Bowling's, he typically pulled someone over for a minor traffic infraction before asking if he smelled marijuana.

This is the exact same behavior police perform in all states to suppress marijuana legalization.

I wonder how hard the police tried to cover this up? It took a prosecuting attorney to figure it out - I don't doubt the department is filled with Bowlings.

#19 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2019-07-12 10:01 PM | Reply

Hey Jeffry for someone who claims to be a middle of the road fence sitter, you don't ever miss an opportunity to defend the alt-right. Why is that?

#20 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-07-12 10:02 PM | Reply

Those are the same thing, JeffJ.

Police profile all the time. Is it wrong to profile?

#21 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-12 10:15 PM | Reply

I'll also accept RightOCenter's answer, if it's wrong to profile, like the cops do.

#22 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-12 10:34 PM | Reply

"It took a prosecuting attorney to figure it out"

I'd imagine most of these cases never even made it to a judge, since regular people know a judge will almost always take the cop's word over theirs, moreso if they're regular people who already have a drug arrest on their record.

I think life in prison with no opportunity for parole is an appropriate punishment for this cop's repeated offenses. Who's with me?

#23 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-12 10:38 PM | Reply

Hey Jeffry for someone who claims to be a middle of the road fence sitter, you don't ever miss an opportunity to defend the alt-right. Why is that?

#20 | POSTED BY ABORTED_MONSON

Defend?

Where did I offer a defense on this thread?

#24 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-12 10:40 PM | Reply

"Where did I offer a defense on this thread?"

The best defense is a good offense.
You went on the offensive with #12 and #18.
But as usual, maybe it was just a feint, since you won't say if profiling is, you know... WRONG.

#25 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-12 10:42 PM | Reply

When I was in the Army, the one individual we as a group hated without reservation was what we call a Crusader. Those called by a cause beyond the mission at hand. In the same token, a cop so in need of a bust that he need to fabricate an offense, isn't a cop, he is a criminal. He needed to realize that their are enough offenders out there to keep him busy for a carrier. Now he gets to see the other side of enforcement. Cops that do not get in trouble think of their duties as a job, not a cause. Patrol, report, investigate, apprehend, simple mission, don't make it complicated.

#26 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-07-12 11:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Snoofy beat me to it Jeffry.
You being obtuse, doesn't fool anyone.

#27 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-07-12 11:53 PM | Reply

#27 Who exactly do you think you're fooling, Nutter?

#28 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-13 12:12 AM | Reply

I'm almost always obtuse, Monson.

That doesn't change the fact that in no way did I offer a defense of anything on this thread.

#29 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-13 12:22 AM | Reply

I will admit this - the mug-shot at the top of the thread does look like a stereotypical RW nutjob.

RW thugs seem to look different from LW thugs.

This guy looks like a RW thug.

I have no idea what his personal politics are, but, yeah, he looks like the caricature...

#30 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-13 12:27 AM | Reply

"That doesn't change the fact that in no way did I offer a defense of anything on this thread."

You offered a prayer this guy isn't a right-winger, then.

#31 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-13 12:57 AM | Reply

I couldn't care less if this guy is a right winger.

#32 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-13 01:12 AM | Reply

So then what did you care about, when you asked "What makes you think this cop is a conservative, Speaks?"

#33 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-13 01:53 AM | Reply

I read about this in a newspaper. It appears this article is missing some pertinent fact.
Like the fact that this particular prosecutor was pressured by her boss, the DA, to sweep this under the rug, and was pressured NOT to go looking for a pattern.

She did anyhow. Would not be surprised if she found herself unemployed shortly.

#34 | Posted by gitmboy at 2019-07-13 04:22 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Which party is "tough on crime?"
Left wing or right wing?

These are rhetorical questions.
Any rich and powerful people get pulled over?
I'd love to know the KBB value of each car that this guy targeted.

#35 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-13 04:33 AM | Reply

Florida is run by inhumane Republicans who write stand your ground laws and get re-elected by cheating.

#36 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-07-13 10:11 AM | Reply

This bastard should get life in prison with no possibility of parole. I find it pretty sicking that no other officers at that station knew what he was up to.

#37 | Posted by Tknees2 at 2019-07-14 01:29 PM | Reply

I couldn't care less if this guy is a right winger.

#32 | POSTED BY JEFFRy

We know.
You have zero problem with with your kind committing crimes.

#38 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-07-14 04:03 PM | Reply

The only fair way to treat this situation is to reverse any drug charges that was brought to the court by this jacka$$ and then throw in in prison.

#39 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-07-14 04:47 PM | Reply

So their cops are just like all other Floridians? I'm thinking PTSD.

#40 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-07-14 06:13 PM | Reply

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