Fort Worth, TX — Four cops in Fort Worth who tried to report their supervisor for being a suspect in a prostitution case were all suspended without pay.
Officers, J.C. Williams, C. Cespedes, D. Shaw, and J. Pittman suspected their narcotics sergeant was involved with a prostitution ring and trying to cover for the prostitutes and their clients.
The suspicions arose after the officers showed a picture of their sergeant to two prostitutes who identified him as a “john.”
The Star-Telegram reports:
According to their disciplinary letters, the four officers met with an internal affairs investigator in November and expressed concerns that their sergeant may have been involved in a prostitution case they were working.
“They believed this sergeant was either involved in a cover-up to protect women who were being investigated for prostitution and their clients or potentially even paying to have sex with them,” the letters state.
Three of the officers received a 10-day suspension, while the forth, J.Pittman received only five. Williams, Cespedes, and Shaw have all appealed their suspensions.
According to the internal affairs report, the four officers were accused of trying to set their supervisor up. The report states that the officers were upset about being transferred to another unit, so they retaliated by trying to frame their sergeant.
“It became apparent that the officers were irritated with their supervision, and this motivated them to seek embarrassing information about him to undermine his authority and reputation,” the letters state.
An attorney for the officers, Jim Lane, is confident that he will be able to get his clients’ suspensions overturned. “We look forward to our day in arbitration,” he said.
If these officers are lying, it goes to show the ridiculous nature of drama associated within police departments. If they are telling the truth, however, it is par for the course.
Crossing the blue line often means career suicide and can also be dangerous. In January, the Free Thought Project reported on the whistleblowers from the Chicago police department whose very lives were threatened for trying to expose the corruption in their department.
This cycle of the “blue line” of protection can only persist for so long before there is no one left with enough courage to call out the corruption.
As Shannon Spalding, one of the whistleblowers from the CPD points out, this blue code of silence and punishment is already an unfortunate reality for most.
“It’s no secret that if you go against the code of silence, and you report corruption, it will ruin your career,” Spalding said.