Atlanta Police Officer Stanley Street committed 3 armed bank robberies in 2004 while he was on administrative leave related to "domestic problems" and for those robberies was sentenced to 64 years in federal prison with no opportunity for parole. He shouldn't have been a cop robbing banks and probably couldn't have robbed them without being all dressed up in a uniform that bank security trusted. Just some of the priors:
- In 1989 he had put a gun to someone's head.
- In 1990 he was suspended a total of 31 days.
- In 1994 he refused to cooperate with an internal investigation about a domestic violence call to his home.
- In 2003 he lied to internal investigators about leaving ominous messages on the answering machine of his ex wife, a police officer who had taken out a protective order against him.
Atlanta Police were complicit in creating the bad guy - allowing him to have a gun and uniform, appearing as someone people could trust. Bank security would not have confided in him if he had not still appeared to be worthy of a badge. But only Stanley is doing the time.
A department does not do a "favor" for a law-breaking cop by helping him keep his law enforcement career. And it's a gross misjudgment to consider domestic violence in some separate not-that-bad category.
He should have been allowed to fall. Now he will die in prison and has no life to save.
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