By Wyatt Earp | March 29, 2009
In an attempt to be fair, I try to post about the despicable people of my department just as often as I post about the heroes. Alhinde Weems is a despicable drug-dealing scumbag that should have never been issued a badge.
The worst part? This man was dealing drugs long before he entered the Police Academy. How’s that for applicant screening?
A Philadelphia police officer was accused Friday of selling cocaine to an informant and later plotting with an undercover agent to conduct an armed raid on the home of a person he believed to be a drug supplier.
Alhinde Weems, 33, was a longtime drug dealer prior to becoming an officer more than five years ago and continued to deal drugs while he was on the force, federal authorities alleged in an affidavit. The FBI arrested Weems Friday, authorities said.
And this piece of detritus had no problem taking the oath and serving alongside honorable police officers. Disgusting.
“This man dishonored the badge in a way that’s unconscionable to us,” Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Ross said at a news conference, adding that Weems has been suspended with intent to dismiss. “This case starts and stops with Weems. This is it.”
Ross said the department thoroughly screens police candidates and will conduct an internal investigation to see how an alleged drug dealer got onto the force. (H/T – CBS3)
I would love to see the results of that investigation, because this is not the first time something like this has happened in Philadelphia. We have had police recruits arrested on the grounds of the Police Academy numerous times since I came on the job, and it always amazes me.
Hell, there is an officer in my division that has a tattoo on his arm that reads: “F.T.P.” The “officer” told a co-worker that it stood for “F**k The Police.” Lovely.
The irony of it all is that if the city didn’t push through so many *qualified candidates, these types of people would never be allowed to wear the uniform.
*In Philadelphia, “qualified” usually means “fitting a certain racial or ethnic template.”