From the EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE (MATERIALS AFTERWARD ARE
SUPPLIED BY THE REPORTER TO THE RIP OFF REPORT)
Published originally 11-19-2002
A case of mistaken identity that prompted Mesa police to rethink undercover narcotics arrest policies is scheduled to go to trial today.
Aaron Markley's attorney filed a $3 million lawsuit against the Mesa police and the city after a Mesa police detective confused Markley with a man who sold the officer methamphetamine in April 1998.
Markley, a bank employee and married father of two, did not learn he was wanted by the police until a background check at a gun show indicated he had an outstanding warrant.
The lawsuit was filed for legal fees and emotional trauma. Markley's arrest contributed to a decline in his health, he and his lawyer said.
Lawyers for the city argued that there is no evidence to show that Markley's illnesses--
"allergies and an upset stomach" --can be attributed to his arrest, according to court records.
"A mistake was made in this case, and the City has acknowledged that mistake, "deputy city attorney Catherine M. Bowman wrote." In this circumstance, Plaintiffs have filed to identify a cause of action that would entitle him to compensation."
The trial is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at Maricopa county Superior Court in Phoenix, before Judge Edward Burke.
In case there is someone out there who doubts the contemptuous and downright callous attitude of Mesa's police department, you need only know that the Markley case and the even more ridiculous Brown cases involve conduct so outlandish and dishonest it sounds more absurd that farce fiction.
Quite simply, the Maricopa County Prosecutors, in both cases, based on bogus identifications which were pointed out and identified very early on, fraudulent prosecutions were persisted with for over a year. Brown, who was a corrections officer, had his TIME CARDS from Florence, proving absolutely that he was not the person involved. Brown did a huge amount of jail time.
There are many other such cases of blatant disregard for the rights of the innocent.
There may be some FOOL out there who thinks that anyone who attracts the attention of corrupt criminals like Mesa
P.D. actually has to be "guilty" of something...
Even more disgusting: the county prosecutors made a statement that it is "not their duty" to exonerate merely because they know they have the wrong party.
A question for the Mesa power apparatus to answer:
WHY DID NONE OF THE COPS OR PROSECUTORS WHO LIED WIND UP BEING JAILED FOR FRAUD????
Ask that question over and over and over again, until
some kind of answer is forthcoming.
The above story is very sedate and understated. The
suspect involved looked only very vaguely like the
Salient point made by the ARIZONA REPUBLIC long ago:
"After their various errors and machinations in this
case, Mesa P.D. determined not to seek the ACTUAL
suspect, Aaron Markey, at his home in Ohio or Indiana.
THEY NO LONGER HAVE SUFFICIENT CREDIBILITY."
That last sentence describes a hopelessly corrupt situation, in which a so-called police department has become nothing but a public relations arm of an even more evil city "civil administration", one which MUST be purged completely.