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Cops Filming Cops – Deputies Hide Camera to Record Sheriff Forcing them to Steal Pot from Evidence

Winston County, AL – After recording conversations of the sheriff ordering them to steal marijuana, two former deputies have recently filed a lawsuit accusing the sheriff of firing them because they refused to steal drugs from the evidence room. Although the sheriff claims the marijuana was not for personal use, he allegedly harassed his deputies for months ordering them to steal narcotics for him from the evidence room and during drug busts.

On May 19, 2015, Winston County Deputy Zachery Green stepped into Sheriff Hobby Walker’s office and presented him with three ounces of marijuana confiscated on a search warrant from the previous day. Instead of logging it into evidence, Walker allegedly placed the drugs in his desk drawer and thanked Green. The sheriff eventually gave the marijuana back to Green after the deputy explained that he needed the evidence for his narcotics case. After Walker told him that he wanted to obtain marijuana for his terminally ill aunt, Green agreed to steal drugs from a future case.

A month later, Walker reprimanded Green for taking an authorized vacation with his church. After chewing out his deputy and bordering on religious intolerance, Walker ordered him again to illegally acquire marijuana.

On July 2, 2015, Walker asked Deputy Steven Moody to retrieve his GPS from his previous department vehicle. While locating the GPS, Moody also found some 9mm ammunition and a small bag of marijuana. When Moody confronted the sheriff, Walker admitted that the drugs belonged to him and asked Moody to track down more in order to help his sick aunt with her nausea. Moody reluctantly agreed.

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After enduring months of the sheriff pressuring them to steal drugs for him, deputies Green and Moody recorded a conversation with Walker on August 19, 2015. While asking them again for drugs, Walker explicitly ordered them to steal some marijuana on their next narcotics bust. Following the meeting, Green and Moody contacted the district attorney’s office, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), and state attorney general’s office with copies of their recorded conversation.
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In cooperation with the FBI and ALEA, the deputies confiscated marijuana from a rural field in Winston County and gave it to Walker on September 23, 2015. Unbeknownst to the sheriff, state and federal law enforcement agencies recorded video of Green and Moody handing the stolen drugs to Walker.

Instead of asking Green and Moody to continue stealing drugs for him, Walker suddenly fired them on November 30, 2015. Although law enforcement agencies obtained video of Walker stealing marijuana from evidence, recorded conversations of the sheriff ordering his deputies to steal drugs, and testimony from at least two deputies, no criminal charges have been filed against Walker.

Earlier this month, Green and Moody filed a lawsuit against the sheriff and the county for wrongful termination. Outraged that no charges have been filed against the sheriff, their attorney Jay Stover told AL.com that something is “not right.”

“In Alabama, it’s called distribution, on top of tampering with evidence,” Stover asserted.

In Sandusky County, Ohio, six police chiefs publicly accused their local sheriff of stealing drugs from their departments under false pretenses earlier this month. Although Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer allegedly stole drugs and threatened Gibsonburg Mayor Steve Fought two weeks ago at a Republican Party function, no criminal charges have been filed against the sheriff.

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Andrew Emett is a Los Angeles-based reporter exposing political and corporate corruption. His interests include national security, corporate abuse, and holding government officials accountable. Andrew’s work has appeared on Raw Story, Alternet, Activist Post, and many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @AndrewEmett and on Facebook at Andrew Emett.

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  • Allison Molly Bell

  • ᵀʰᶦˢ ᶦˢ ˢᵒ ˢᵐᵃᶫᶫ ᵗᵒ ʳᵉᵃᵈ ᵉᵛᵉᶰ ᶠᵒʳ ʸᵒᵘ ᵇʳᵒ⋅ ᴰᵒᶰᵗ ᵗʳʸ ᵗᵒ ᶜᵒᶰᵗᶦᶰᵘᵉ ʳᵉᵃᵈᶦᶰᵍ ᵗʰᶦˢ ᵇᵉᶜᵃᵘˢᵉ ʸᵒᵘʳ ᵉʸᵉˢ ʷᶦᶫᶫ ˢᵗᵃʳᵗ ᵗᵒ ʰᵘʳᵗ ˢᵒᵒᶰ ᶦᶠ ʸᵒᵘ ᵈᵒᶰᵗ ˢᵗᵒᵖ⋅ ᵂʰʸ ᵈᵒᶰᵗ ʸᵒᵘ ˢᵗᵒᵖ﹖⋅⋅⋅⋅ᵍᵒ ᵃʷᵃʸ ᵇʳᵒ ᵃᶰᵈ ʳᵉᵃᵈ ᵗʰᵉ ᶰᵉˣᵗ ᶜᵒᵐᵐᵉᶰᵗ⋅ ˢᵗᵒᵖ ʳᵉᵃᵈᶦᶰᵍ ᵃᶫʳᵉᵃᵈʸ﹗ ᴵ ˢᵉᵉ ᵗʰᵃᵗ ʸᵒᵘ ᵈᵒᶰᵗ ʷᵃᶰᶰᵃ ᵍᶦᵛᵉ ᵘᵖ ʳᵉᵃᵈᶦᶰᵍ﹖⋅⋅⋅ʷᵉᶫᶫ ᵒᵏ, ʸᵒᵘ ʷᵒᶰ ᵗʰᶦˢ ᵗᶦᵐᵉ, ᵇᵘᵗ ʸᵒᵘ ˢʰᵒᵘᶫᵈ ᵍᶦᵛᵉ ᵐᵉ ᵃ ᶫᶦᵏᵉ ᶠᵒʳ ʷᵃˢᵗᶦᶰᵍ ʸᵒᵘʳ ᵗᶦᵐᵉ ᵃᶰᵈ ˢᵗʳᵉˢˢᶦᶰᵍ ʸᵒᵘʳ ᵉʸᵉˢ ᵗʰᵒ

  • One only ever hears about the idiots,the others need to bee rooted out.

  • Typical

  • sad bastards.

  • Ya Rafeal Palmer

  • I’m impressed by these officers. I would be more impressed though if the bad cop wasn’t their boss. I wonder if one of them had such evidence against the other if either of them would have been so forthright?

  • Just remember, 99.9% of cops are good, this is just one bad apple. …..like the thousands of other bad apples we have seen in 2015. Maybe it’s the tree?

  • So while they are arresting people for possession, the sheriff is giving it away……double standards anybody?

  • The war on drugs is a farce, unconstitutional. I get that the head of law enforcement in this town is breaking an unconstitutional law while putting citizens in jail but this is bogus. Illicit drugs should be decriminalized

  • Same shit here in Volusia county FL.but keep getting away with it

  • I remember when cops came in my house when I wasn’t home and a room mate let them in, they raided my entire stash, took the bong, etc. When I got home I remember seeing a cop smoking pot in the parking lot and laughed only to find out he was just at my house. They came up, tried to arrest ME, I showed my medical endorsement, and they told me it wasn’t legal for me to have the bong, so they confiscated all of it, let me be, and when I went to the department to get my shit, no evidence was ever recorded and no report made. I’ve never liked cops since then

    • That’s horrible.

    • The Free Thought Project.com agreed. I think the worst of it was I had a diamond wedding ring in the box with my pot. I know, why keep it there, well its where I kept expensive shit

  • Reese Vann

  • What tell this that government shouldn’t be trusted about anything they enforce and nothing they say or do. If anybody hasn’t realized yet that none of the laws they make are really to protect any of us it to ensure their safety and their social status

  • 1% of cops are good 99% are corrupt narcissitic thugs and killers

  • There’s no war on drugs, there’s a war on people by the police who are one of the biggest drug dealers in the nation. END THE DRUG WAR, it’s stupid and a waste. OR END THE POLICE. The whole police force down in Florida was caught dealing cocaine—does anyone actually believe these cops are on our side? You need a mental examination.

  • Stupid and lazy can’t even buy his own stuff he has to steal it

  • Was the deputy one of the mythical good cops we hear about all the time?

  • i would like to say that i am leaving you page. though your information and questions are well put. i clicked on a link to read a article about the rainbow gathering being terriost activity. shortly after reading a few lines a pop up blocked the page, and demanded that i do what i already have. click “like” & subscribe. Demanding that people do something for information is not “free thought” good by.

  • The politicians who enacted drug laws should be impaled.

  • is it me or is there not really a video? Why is there an image of a video still, and the article doesn’t even have a video? LMAO.