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Overzealous cops: Something is rotten in Corvallis

What is going on in Corvallis?
This last Friday, Officer David Cox resigned after allegations came to light that he was regularly arresting sober drivers for DUII, even when breathalyser tests indicated a .000 BAC. The officer had previously been commended for his high DUII arrest rate; the local paper notes that "In May of 2007, Cox arrested 27 people for DUII, while the rest of the Corvallis police force made 8 DUII arrests." (link) Note that in Oregon, a DUII arrest stays on your record even if you aren't convicted! On Monday, it was revealed that another officer, Cox's supervisor Sgt. Jim Crain, is also under review for alleged improprieties. The CPD says this is unrelated to the Cox matter, but won't reveal the nature of it. (link) In today's paper, there's an article on another citizen who was, as in the Cox matter, detained for DUII by two officers despite blowing a .000 BAC and following all traffic laws. Though the article doesn't list the cop's name, the man who was pulled over left a comment on the local paper's web site revealing one of the officers as Officer Gabe Sapp (link). The victim revealed himself to the local paper after the city's joke of a Community Police Review Board voted unanimously to uphold the department's handling of the complaint, including their insistence on keeping secret the nature of the complaint and the names of the persons and cops involved. In each of these cases, the CPD has refused to release virtually any information on the complaints. And our ridiculous excuse for a newspaper, perhaps following the national media's example during the lead-up to the Iraq War, has so far relied on the few official press releases put out by the CPD rather than actually investigating these abuses. I've dealt with officers in Corvallis a couple of times, and there are some good and professional ones here, at least as far as cops go. But the number of bad apples is adding up pretty quickly here. So the moral of the story: When dealing with the cops in Corvallis, you're better off just not trusting them.