Denver Detective busted for being high while on the job

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Denver, Colorado Police Department 

I know you all see the words Denver and Colorado and you might be thinking “well it is the mile high city so this story makes sense.”

Sadly though, it has nothing to do with that little green herb.

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Denver Police Detective Daniel Wiley found himself under investigation by Internal affairs in May of this year because he decided to show up to a Fugitive Task Force meeting while under the influence.

Other officers felt that something was up with Daniel after noticing that his speech was slow and slurred.

Since obvious signs of a stroke were out, they figured that just maybe he might be under the influence of something.

In the mile high city the police department has a policy that says if other officers notice that a fellow officer’s appears to be inebriated they must report it immediately to a superior.

After he was reported and tested, it turned out that Daniel was under the influence of opiates. Not an infraction that he could fired for in the event he was prescribed the drugs, legitimately. 

Remember – if he had been prescribed the narcotics because that will come into play soon.

He could have been written up and faced disciplinary actions for not informing his superiors that he was on Hydrocodone, Percocet and Xanax and one other little pill that was not reported to the local media.

At any rate, he admitted to taking percocet daily although he denied that was an addict.

The good detective announced that he would resign from the force this week. I am guessing that is because of this one little fact that he eventually admitted to internal affairs.

It seems that Daniel did not have a prescription for the pills, he was getting them illegally from a family member, a niece I believe.  

He claimed to still be suffering pain from a year old bicep injury and also hinted that a recent divorce may have had something to do with the need for the pills.

I am not sure about the rest of you but the pain management issue I get but when you throw things in like a divorce into the mix, it sounds a lot like an addict.

Someone who has issues with the ability to cope with things that happen that cause stress not psychical pain. 

Daniel happened to resign before internal affairs could bring any disciplinary action against him and no charges have been filed….yet.

The department has not said one way or another if Daniel or his drug supplier will be charged.

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Some of the pills Daniel had at the time he was suspended from driving and admitted to taking daily, happen fall under Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act.

Schedule II drugs on the Controlled Substances Act are defined as:

High Risk of Abuse

High Risk of Physical and Psychological addiction.

Examples of those drugs are: oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), fentanyl, meperidine (Demerol), methadone (Dolophine), hydromorphone (Dilaudid)

In Colorado, the criminal penalties depend on the type and amount of Controlled Substances involved.

Controlled Substance possession crimes are classified as petty offenses, misdemeanors, or felonies again depending on the amount and use of the drugs found on the suspect. 

Just because he resigned does not mean that he should not still be charged just like your average addicted citizen would be, had he or she been caught abusing prescription medication they obtained illegally.

His niece should also be charged just the same as anyone else’s supplier would be if they too were caught or known to investigators.

Remember, cops are not above the law and when they too break the law they should face the same consequences anyone else would.

Besides how would it look if they were openly, selectively enforcing the law?

Cristal M Clark

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FBI now using Dataminr to monitor social media

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More specifically, Twitter

Which is kind of odd when you think about the fact that Twitter seems to be going through a slow yet impending death.

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Dataminr is advertised as able to turn social media posts into actionable alerts. “Dataminr transforms the Twitter stream and other public datasets into actionable alerts, providing must-know information in real-time for clients in Finance, the Public Sector, News, Corporate Security and Crisis Management.”

Many, many people are against big brother having the ability to see what we are saying on social media. The ACLU in fact, has taken issue with that very issue with the Denver, Colorado Police Department, as well as other departments throughout the US.

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Twitter did revoke API access to Geofeedia earlier this year which is what the Denver Police Department was using.

Access was revoked because it violated a clause in Twitter’s Developer Agreement, which forbids using the provided data to “investigate, track or surveil Twitter’s users.”

Now before everyone goes wild here and starts protesting or suing the FBI, keep in mind that terrorists use Twitter pretty heavily, as well as other social media.

Not to mention that the Developer Agreement was always meant more for those seeking to buy and sell user information for marketing purposes and not specifically to prevent law enforcement from utilizing tools that would help with crime prevention.

On the other hand, users of social media, the ACLU and many other organizations fear that law enforcement will utilize these types of tools in an effort to profile specific races, which brings the idea of “stop and frisk,” to social media.

I usually tell people, when you are not paying for the ability use social media, whether it’s Twitter or Facebook, GAB, Instagram, Pinterest, etc, technically you are not protected under any privacy act therefore, you should have zero expectation of guaranteed privacy while posting. Period.

Generally I do suggest law enforcement utilize tools that allow for them to monitor social media so as to prevent crime and/or death.

Sure you can report posts to whichever social media site you are on but the reality is it’s not always monitored and by the time someone gets to it it could be too late.

Posting anything online where anyone could potentially see it is a lot like being on stage or in the middle of the street yelling out for the world to hear whatever it is that you have to say.

When someone chooses to be so open with comments, statements or idea’s, where anyone can hear or see them, it makes no realistic sense to try to stop law enforcement from seeing it.

The biggest question would be, is it fair or just to try to stop law enforcement from utilizing tools such as Dataminr and Geofeedia because we assume or fear that they will use them to to racially profile or is it that we just don’t want law enforcement to see what we post online?

Maybe a little of both?

Would it change the overall opinion if law enforcement could show that having such tools helped them prevent or solve just one major crime?

Cristal M Clark

IOS users can find The Crime Shop on Apple News

@thecrimeshop