Dec. 2017. West Columbia, Texas. Police in West Columbia said that the former Texas Police Chief Michael Palmer has been found dead. Police said Palmer was found unresponsive in his backyard. He was immediately taken to a hospital by some good Samaritans who saw him lying down.
Sexually Assaulted a Child
Palmer was set to face trial for sexually assaulting a child during his time as the chief of police in Texas.
Current West Columbia’s Police Department Chief Paul Odin told local reporters that the trial had been scheduled for April and that Palmer would have faced multiples charges apart from the rape case.
He said Palmer lost his job before the child sex charge was even filed. Palmer’s fellow officers had reported him for stealing painkillers and it was that crime that cost him his job.
You have to be a very bad person when your fellow officers rat you out. And even though cops keep their jobs after killing someone with impunity, or punching woman and girls in the face, we at The American Police State are surprised to discover that a police chief lost his job just for stealing drugs.
Even more surprising is that he was ratted out by cops, who usually bond together into a blue wall of silence.
This is disturbing but we do not see it as the beginning of a new and much-welcomed trend.
After he was sacked, a rape case was filed against him and subsequent investigations found some of the painkillers he had stolen during his term of office on the scene, and other overwhelming evidence that has committed many crimes including raping the boy.
Texas Police Chief Michael Palmer had on multiple occasions bound, gagged and sexually assaulted a young boy, starting back in 1998 when the boy was 7 years old. When he realized that investigators had strong evidence against him he went into hiding to avoid arrest and prosecution.
Tampering With Evidence
Palmer is also said to have tried several times to tamper with the evidence. He was also charged with eight counts of tampering with evidence. Investigators said evidence of these crimes were found in Texas Police Chief Michael Palmer’s office.
Paramedics in Galveston County told reporters that they were unable to revive Palmer when he was brought to the hospital. Paramedics were not able to revive him.
An autopsy of Palmer showed he died of a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol.
The issue has generated debates about how police officers who hold higher rank should be monitored. Many suggest that Palmer had used his office to commit these crimes without being investigated or found out.
It is difficult to estimate the number of police who have been charged with sexual misconduct in the past since no official national records are kept, but an unofficial study by the Cato Institute’s on National Police Misconduct Reporting Project in 2010 found that sexual misconduct is the second greatest of all civilian complaints nationwide against police officers.
The organization noted that 354 of the 618 officers under investigation for sexual offenses were accused of engaging in nonconsensual sexual acts, and just over half of the 354 cases involved minors.
It would be easy to say Palmer is dead, good riddance. But we aren’t even though he was a real piece of work.
We would have liked to see him go to prison and make new friends for a very long time.
But as it now stands, another sexual pervert working as a cop has escaped justice.
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