- Oct 2, 1998
Your friend is an idiot and unethical to boot.I had a friend who was a cop. He offered me a switchblade he had taken off someone he had searched. I didn't take it. We had an interesting conversation. I was surprised it wasn't officially recorded as evidence or something. He said they never charged the guy and typically didn't. They would just take the knife and keep it themselves. He justified it by saying he was doing the guy he took it from a favor by not charging him.
This was in Lowell Massachusetts.
Seizing property and then keeping it personally is theft...plain and simple. Nice way to tarnish the badge.
As a retired LEO, stories like this make me cringe.