After months and years of paying their union for protection from the scrutiny of drug test, the Oxy Cottin Crew has finally agreed to a low level of drug testing. They didn't go as far as agreeing to random testing, but our boys in green will soon be required to test for both legal and perscription drug presence in their systems. Unbelivable as it may seem, these public servants we pay to protect us from drug crime and educate the public about the dangers of drugs have escaped all accountibility over the years for their own abuses and the sleepy, conservative residents of Clackamas County have always allowed their masters this luxury. Only now that two deputies have been convicted of going on extended oxy cottin crime sprees, can the public expect a small measure of comfort that the newly tested deputies responding to their calls won't be full blown drug addict criminals themselve's. My guess is that the other reason for this sudden change of heart is that the county wishes to put on it's best face for the upcoming wrongful death suit which famed attorney Gerry Spence will try in federal court for the murder of Fouad Kaddy by a Sandy cop and a Clackamas County deputy. Most of us following this tragic case are hoping that even the most brain dead residents of our county will wake up to the fact that our sheriff's department has been one of the most out of control and unacountable departments in existence and that their shortcomings have cost our county dearly both financially and socially. Through the help of the media with very slick scare tactics employed, Craig Roberts recently won his bid for a new public safety levy. He is now looking to hire new deputies claiming his department is a modern, progressive, and diversified law enforcemet unit.
Currently, nothing could be further from the truth, and we can only hope that as the truth comes out about this backwards, racsist, violent, drug affected agency that Sheriff Roberts does take some serious action towards reform.