To Serve and Protect (Their Own)
SPRINGFIELD - A city police officer was arrested yesterday for the third time since 2004 after failing to appear for his trial on charges of assaulting an ex-girlfriend and carrying a firearm while intoxicated.
The absence of Patrolman Karl P. Johnson in Springfield District Court yesterday morning forced Judge Nancy Dusek-Gomez to issue a default warrant, court and police officials said.
Johnson, who was home asleep, was arrested and brought to court, said Assistant District Attorney Eileen M. Sears. Dusek-Gomez released him on $1,000 bail and rescheduled the trial for Jan. 4.
Money quote, and nominee for Quote of the Year:
Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Flagg said Johnson's employment status is under review, and disciplinary action is possible.
"...but some are more equal than others." ~ Orwell
(link via David at The Boston Phoenix)