That's how much it cost Lech to rebuild his property after Waco II: Suburban Warfare. When he sued the city for damages, they (two years later) found that actually, the police were well within their rights to destroy his everything, because they'd done so in the process of enforcing the law. For being a good sport, though, they offered Lech $5,000 as a consolation prize for helping out. But still, that's one bad guy off the streets. Yep, one fewer shoplifter who'd never steal a few shirts and a belt ever again.
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A Florida Cop Used A Police Database To Score Dates
It's gotta be easy to get dates when you're a cop, right? There's the uniform, the whole "power" thing, and the fact that you share a career choice with iconic characters like Dirty Harry, Martin Riggs, and Robo. But the job can also mean long hours, night shifts, and stress. Maybe dating is kind of a wash after all. The exception being Leonel Marines of the Bradenton Police Department in Florida, who had an extremely active romantic life. The only problem? He got there by being a major creep.
Marines used his department's resources to hunt down information on women he fancied, and then turned up at their homes on "official" business, only to proposition them for dates and sex after he wrapped up his fake investigations. According to an internal audit by Bradenton PD, Marines made "several hundred questionable database queries of women" on the department's vehicle information database. The information he gleaned from these searches was then used in a variety of ways, including "social media [stalking], cold telephone calls, and visits to their homes under the guise of being there for police business."
WFTSBut at least they could say no. We're sure the guy who used police power to trick women into dates was in no way difficult to turn down.