Two CPD Officers find themselves on the wrong side of the law after being charged with stealing drugs and cash from suspects.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, "Sgt. Xavier Elizondo and Officer David Salgado, both assigned to an Area Central gang team in the Ogden District on the West Side, were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit theft and one count of embezzlement. Salgado is also charged with making a false statement to the FBI."

Allegedly, the plan was to share the money and drugs, which included marijuana and PCP, with their informants.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson made the following statement these allegations are a disgrace to what I and all of you have dedicated our lives to and risk our lives for. These allegations undermine the sacred meaning of what it means to be a Chicago Police Officer and what our star that we proudly wear on our chest represents.”

He is absolutely right.

BUT, has anyone ever thought about giving these guys and gals some more money? It might steer officers from committing crimes like these in the future. Yes, they took an oath and should be held to a higher standard, but that standard should be worth something. And, so should their lives.

I mean, they are risking their lives to protect a community that usually treats them like crap. I am not just talking about Chicago, nor am I just talking about cops. What about firefighters? I am sure they could use a pay raise as well.

You see it in movies all the time. The cops, underpaid and underappreciated, knock off drug dealers to take care of their families. Honestly, I can understand that thought process. But in the land of right and wrong, it is still wrong no matter how you look at it.


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