It is bad enough when a civilian resists lawful orders from a cop, but does it escalate the severity or intensity when the one resisting is another cop? A Louisiana State Police lieutenant was arrested for exactly that reason early Saturday morning following a traffic stop.
According to KTAL, LSP Troop A Lt. Sheldon Perkins, 48 of Baton Rouge, was arrested for DWI and several other charges after he was stopped for speeding and improper lane use violations in Baton Rouge.
The confrontation occurred shortly before 1:30 a.m. Saturday when an LSP trooper observed Perkins traveling at a high rate of speed in his 2018 Ford F-150.
Upon conducting the traffic stop and the trooper suspected impairment and completed a series of standardized field sobriety tests.
Once troopers decided to arrest Perkins for DWI, police say he resisted arrest. Officers were forced to taze him in order to take him into custody. It required the assistance of another trooper.
Perkins was transported to Louisiana State Police Troop A where he submitted a breath alcohol sample registering over twice the legal limit.
Perkins was charged with DWI (1st Offense), battery on a police officer, resisting an officer, reckless operation, and improper lane usage. Perkins was transported to the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail, booked in AFIS and released.
This is not the first time that Perkins as been in trouble. He was previously involved in a 2017 internal investigation in which he was disciplined but never criminally charged.
Officials confirmed to WAFB that Perkins was suspended for two weeks and docked an additional 80 hours of pay in 2017 after investigators determined he removed evidence from a state vault.
Internal investigations determined that Perkins had indeed violated a number of policies, including one requiring state troopers to “maintain a competency level sufficient to properly perform his duties,” according to a 2017 report published by Jim Mustain.
“But while he was suspended without pay for two weeks and transferred to a new position, he was not arrested or even demoted,” Mustain wrote.
When asked why Perkins hadn’t been criminally charged, Major Doug Cain, a State Police spokesman, told Mustain:
“We don’t have that answer. This case is from 2016.”
It does not seem to make sense, considering his actions amounted to a criminal violation of malfeasance in office, the report said.
Investigators determined Perkins had improperly handled fishing equipment and a $400 ice chest recovered during a 2015 theft investigation in Grand Isle. Among his offenses is this particular instance was never entering the stolen items into the State Police evidence tracking system.
Since the case was closed, Perkins apparently determined the items were no longer needed and took the property. When questioned, Perkins told investigators he intended to donate some of the items to Goodwill but hadn’t gotten around to doing so.
It was never made clear why a lieutenant, a tenured veteran, would believe that it was acceptable to take items from the evidence locker for his own personal use.
Perkins also allegedly gifted at least one fishing rod to retired State Police lieutenant, Bruce Dykes, who investigators say had helped him remove the property from the evidence room.
“Maybe I did break the law. I’m not sure,” Dykes said, according to the report. Dykes did however say that he “felt [that] Lt. Perkins definitely broke the law for taking the items.”
While Perkins is innocent until proven guilty, if he is found guilty of these latest charges, it will establish a pattern of conduct. It would be a safe bet that he will receive so much more than just a suspension and forfeiture of pay.
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In the meantime, in Houston, Texas, a former Texas police officer whose lies allegedly brought on a botched raid that left two people dead and five officers injured is now facing murder charges.
A prosecutor in the case said on Friday that former Houston officer Gerald Goines faces two felony murder charges after he reportedly lied to obtain a search warrant in January. An additional former officer, Steven Bryant, is also accused of tampering with evidence in connection with the raid.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said it’s imperative that investigators uncover what really happened that led to such a devastating tragedy.
“The eyes of this community and the nation are on this case; it is critical to the public trust that we reveal the true facts about what, how and why two civilians were killed in their own home by members of the Houston Police Narcotics Squad 15,” Ogg said.
Investigators say that Goines and Bryant were part of a tactical team that led a narcotics raid on Rhogena Nicholas and Dennis Tuttle, both of whom were killed during the botched raid. Officials say Goines lied in order to obtain a warrant for a ‘no knock’ raid, which reportedly included claiming that a criminal informant purchased heroin from a man at the address the day before and that the man selling drugs was known to have a gun, among other things, which meant there was no need for police to knock on a door before entering, Ogg said.
As police made entry, gunfire rang out almost immediately. One suspect attempted to take cover in a back room but was killed when they re-emerged. The second suspect was shot and killed while attempting to wrestle a shotgun away from one of the officers.
It’s reported that Goines was one of the five officers injured during the January operation.
UPDATE: Booking photos of former officers Gerald Goines (left) and Steven Bryant. pic.twitter.com/DCSkUQEf4V
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) August 23, 2019
WPBF reported that Bryant had been charged with evidence tampering because he allegedly provided a supplement to the original report after the raid which contained falsehoods, authorities said.
Bryant allegedly said he had previously assisted Goines in the investigation of the home and that during the investigation he found baggies with a brown substance he believed to be heroin that matched the heroin purchased by an informant prior to the raid, Ogg said.
Following the raid, where two suspects were killed and a total of five law enforcement officers were injured, Goines provided his informant’s information to the department, but reports noted that those informants claimed that while they had worked with Goines previously, they were not involved with that particular case.
Officials say the officer’s reports were false and that Goines altered a government record by lying in order to obtain the warrant.
Ogg said that because two people died while the former officer committed a felony, he’s now facing charges that could even end up as capital murder charges. Investigators are additionally going through roughly 1,400 cases that Goines had been a part of during his time with the force.
BREAKING: Former @houstonpolice officer Gerald Goines to be charged with felony murder for his role in the botched Harding Street drug raid, defense attorney Nicole DeBorde confirms. #KHOU11 pic.twitter.com/v1jx0dGb9z
— Jeremy Rogalski (@JRogalskiKHOU) August 23, 2019
Bryant has allegedly turned himself in and is posting bond. His lawyer, Andy Drumheller, said Bryant shared no role in creating the police affidavit that led to the incident. He also claims that his client never discharged his weapon and didn’t enter the residence where the raid occurred.
Officials say Bryant has cooperated with the investigation thus far.
Police say that they found marijuana, a number of guns and a white powder believed to be cocaine or fentanyl after the raid ended.
When asked what she would want to say to the deceased raid suspects’ family members, Ogg said,
“I want to tell them how sorry we are as a city and a county for actions that resulted in the loss of their loved ones’ lives.”
Goines had serves as a law enforcement officer for the past 35 years.
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