More than one cop has made up fake shootings during traffic stops, like this one from near Philadelphia and this one in Ohio, both of which could be legally classified as "shitshows." In the first, a cop was sentenced to jail time after he shot himself with his own gun outside a swim club, claiming that a criminal had open fire on him and then Fast and the Furious'd out of there. In the second, a cop was fired from the force because he lied about a failed suicide attempt and said it had been the work of a gunman. Jesus.
And in Jackson County, Georgia, a white officer claimed that she'd been shot by a large black man. Luckily, it didn't take too much time to uncover the truth, as ... no wait, it took over 600 hours to reveal that she had lied about it. Eventually, she was sentenced to 15 years in prison. She told the news that her small community was involved in a "cover-up," but that sounds an awful lot to me like "Shit, I shouldn't have made up a shooting." Especially after forensic pathologists determined that her wound wasn't even caused by a bullet.
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Losing Evidence, Then Saying Rats Ate It
"The dog ate my homework" is a strange excuse, because it's based on the idea that dogs are prone to devouring book reports on The Grapes Of Wrath, and that you're such an incompetent human that when you finish your work, you just drop it around at dog level and call it a day. But that hasn't stopped cops from crafting their own version of it: The rats ate the evidence.
I don't doubt that sometimes an evidence lockup could end up with a rodent infestation, because they're everywhere. Even the White House has a problem with them, and I'm not just talking about Trump's cabinet. Pow! GOT 'EM. And maybe it's possible that those rats are super hungry for marijuana, as according to this blog from a company that sells seeds, mice really do like to eat pot plants. But when you claim that mice ate 1,000 pounds of marijuana in a police warehouse, as several officers did in Argentina? Forgive me for being skeptical.
Yes, mice and rats getting into evidence is a worldwide problem. Police in Kenya blamed rats for 540 missing rolls of bhang (cannabis). The rolls had been stored in four separate suitcases, and they claimed that all of it went missing thanks to rats, which were so crafty that they apparently managed to open the suitcases without chewing holes in them, remove all the rolls without leaving scraps and crumbs, then close the suitcases up again! So the problem isn't the rats; it's the supervillain who obviously got fired from his university job for his experiments on said rats.
Meanwhile, cops in India blamed about 45 kilograms of missing weed on rats back in 2017, after they had months earlier blamed 900,000 liters of missing moonshine on rats. So if these cops are all innocent and aren't letting contraband slip out of their evidence rooms, do we need to start having interventions for rats? It sounds like they need help.