Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Darrion Holiwell, criminal and corrupt cop / King County Sheriff’s Office (Seattle, WA)

We see this sort of thing happen too often.  Another corrupt cop, Darrion Holiwell, age 49, a deputy with King County in Washington (Seattle) has been charged with a major theft from his employer, using and distributing illegal drugs (to include steroids), and promoting a prostitution business involving his wife.  Holiwell is currently being held in the King County Jail with bail set at $150,000.

In the grand scheme of criminal endeavors, Holiwell’s alleged crimes aren’t that big of a deal.  Crime-wise, his offenses are undistinguished.  He is in the same league as countless other two-bit criminals.  Nonetheless, he portends to be a police officer; and he has betrayed the public trust.  If convicted, he deserves to be made an example and should receive the commensurate punishment; a punishment, so to speak, on steroids.

Holiwell has apparently been involved in thefts and other crimes for quite some time.  But, reportedly, this all came as a big surprise to the Sheriff and his supervisory staff.  The cat was let out of the bag when Holiwell’s wife started talking to one of Holiwell’s previous wives about her current abuse at the hands of Deputy Holiwell.  The prior wife reported that conversation to someone she knew at the Sheriff’s Office – and an inquiry was belatedly initiated.  As they might say, at that point, the stuff hit the fan.

This reminded me of a case, years back, when I was a deputy sheriff.  The SO arrested five or six men for Statutory Rape, later reduced to Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.  It involved a fifteen-year-old girl.  I happened to see the girl in the office on one occasion.  She certainly didn’t look fifteen – somewhat older – but that is, under law, not particularly relevant.  One of the men arrested was a member of the local police department.  The others were mostly young men in their late teens or early twenties.

Each of the young men ultimately was convicted and received probation.  The cop, on the other hand, upon conviction, was sentenced to three years in the Oregon State Penitentiary.  As I recall the judge lectured the police officer on ‘trust’ and that law enforcement officers should always be held to a higher standard or suffer the consequences.  It is an imperative that the public has trust in their law enforcement personnel.  And, in fact, for law enforcement personnel, it is sometimes not enough to be honest – the public must also perceive them to be honest, which requires a higher level of personal conduct.

Most current and former law enforcement personnel have honored that trust; but many have not.  For those criminally inclined cops, the consequences should be severe, and in the above described instance (for the police officer) they were.

However, I wanted to make another point; perhaps, a more important consideration in the King County Sheriff’s Office investigation.

To be continued…

True Nelson
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