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Stefinitely Maybe
07-02-2008, 06:03 AM
US town left red-faced after fake federal officer leads five-month war on drugs: (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/02/usa.internationalcrime)

When Bill Jakob, a federal officer specialising in drug enforcement, offered his services to a tiny town in Missouri that was struggling with a wave of methamphetamine use, the local officials couldn't believe their luck.

Here was a man who was the image of the tough but reliable FBI agent - stocky build, close-cropped hair, military boots and trousers and a determination to get results. He came sporting a badge, federal ID and a gun at his side.

He said he would not cost the local community of Gerald a penny - he was a gift from the Drug Enforcement Agency in Washington to help the town clean up its drug problems. As an added incentive, he arrived in town driving an unmarked police car, equipped with siren and police radio, that he promised to leave behind him when the job was done.

There was only one problem: "Sergeant Bill", as he came quickly to be known by the 1,200 townspeople of Gerald, was not a federal agent, and never had been. He was in fact unemployed, a former truck driver with a criminal record who had fallen into debt and filed for bankruptcy.

But for almost five months from the day he showed up in town in January, he built himself up to be the policing king of Gerald. He led the town's existing five officers in numerous raids against suspected drug users. Wearing a black T-shirt with "Police" emblazoned on it, he took part in the arrest of the local pharmacist and in a series of at least 17 raids. He cut corners, brushing aside demands for an arrest warrant with the boast that as a federal agent he didn't need one.

And the results followed. Mayor Otis Schulte had dubbed Gerald "a meth capital of the United States," but he watched as the problem was brought under control.

But there were doubts too. Linda Trest, a reporter with the local paper, the Gasconade Country Republican - where news coverage normally involves rodeos and school sack races - grew suspicious.

She began making inquiries. Was it true federal agents had no need of search warrants? Had Jakob been security cleared? An hour's research on her computer was enough to throw up the incriminating evidence - of a sex abuse conviction against him when he was 22, his $180,000 debt and bankruptcy, and the fact that he held no police credentials at all.

He did, it transpire, come from Washington - though not DC but Washington, Missouri, just 30 miles away. And his police car was indeed a police car, though he had bought it from a used car dealer.

The town was in shock. "He was everything that you'd think a federal officer would be," said Schulte. "This guy just really screwed this town up."

In the fallout, three of the town's five police officers, including the chief, have been sacked. Seventeen residents have issued federal lawsuits claiming up to $11m (5.5m) each for violations that included being kicked in the head, threatened at gunpoint, and, in the case of one elderly woman, forced into a psychiatric hospital after refusing to cooperate.

Mike Withington says Jakob raided his house, pounding on his door and throwing him in handcuffs on to his front garden. "[Jakob] was definitely in charge - it was all him," he told the New York Times.

Angry townspeople have organised a petition of 159 names to have the mayor removed, complaining that "this incident has made Gerald the laughing stock of the whole state".

:)

marooko
07-02-2008, 06:20 AM
He said he would not cost the local community of Gerald a penny - he was a gift from the Drug Enforcement Agency in Washington to help the town clean up its drug problems. As an added incentive, he arrived in town driving an unmarked police car, equipped with siren and police radio, that he promised to leave behind him when the job was done.




No bells? Red flags? Anything?

fatbastard
07-02-2008, 07:00 AM
I want a T-Shirt with Bill Jakob's face on it.

All That I Am
07-02-2008, 09:04 AM
This was the shirt he was wearing.
http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/TEE_JSR/PLC101~The-Police-Regatta-de-Blanc-Posters.jpg

Young blood
07-02-2008, 09:12 AM
*giggles*

Blinken
07-02-2008, 09:47 AM
Awesome.

shakermaker113
07-02-2008, 09:54 AM
that's awesome.


An hour's research on her computer was enough to throw up the incriminating evidence - of a sex abuse conviction against him when he was 22, his $180,000 debt and bankruptcy, and the fact that he held no police credentials at all.

since when are people's debt records publicly accessible?

Blinken
07-02-2008, 10:00 AM
that's awesome.



since when are people's debt records publicly accessible?

Since the internet.

marooko
07-02-2008, 10:04 AM
that's awesome.



since when are people's debt records publicly accessible?

there are sites you can pay to get all kinds of shit on people. kinda fucked up.

algunz
07-02-2008, 10:37 AM
If you have press credentials, can you access things on-line the average citizen can't?

Blinken
07-02-2008, 10:41 AM
The Press organization they work for usually buys access to the sites Marooko is talking about. you can run credit reports and background checks on people.

rage patton
07-02-2008, 10:44 AM
So... was this guy actually good at his "job" or not?

amyzzz
07-02-2008, 10:45 AM
So did he get rid of the meth problem?

locachica73
07-02-2008, 10:47 AM
Everyone that got arrested are now able to sue for millions and buy more meth.

betao
07-02-2008, 10:47 AM
This was the shirt he was wearing.
http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/TEE_JSR/PLC101~The-Police-Regatta-de-Blanc-Posters.jpg


hahahahahhaa.

Blinken
07-02-2008, 10:59 AM
What was his plan? How did he see this ending?

I smell a sitcom here.

Wheres the beef?
07-02-2008, 11:11 AM
Angry townspeople have organised a petition of 159 names to have the mayor removed, complaining that "this incident has made Gerald the laughing stock of the whole state".


Man things must be rough if you are the laughing stock of Missouri.

woogie846
07-02-2008, 11:27 AM
This would make a most excellent screenplay. I can imagine Jack Black playing Bill Jakob.

algunz
07-02-2008, 11:28 AM
And who to play the journalist?

locachica73
07-02-2008, 11:30 AM
And who to play the journalist?

it would be some extremely hot chick and she and jack black will end up falling in love and getting married. Because Jack Black always scores the hot chicks in movies.

algunz
07-02-2008, 11:33 AM
Do they end up having a torrid affair while he's doing time and she's working on her best seller?

locachica73
07-02-2008, 11:35 AM
Do they end up having a torrid affair while he's doing time and she's working on her best seller?

yeah i think so, and she has her credentials so she gets to visit him in prison and bang the shit out of him. She ends up prego and Jack Black dresses up as a woman to escape to live happily ever after woman of his dreams and they go out and fight crime together in some other city 20 miles away.

Young blood
07-02-2008, 11:38 AM
another thread ruined.

luckyface
07-02-2008, 11:42 AM
And who to play the journalist?

It already sounds like School of Rock, only with meth and the police. Might as well cast Joan Cusack.

shakermaker113
07-02-2008, 11:43 AM
What was his plan? How did he see this ending

I expecting to read that he was taking the confiscated meth and selling it in other cities. but it didn't mention anything like that.


another thread ruined.

lol.

algunz
07-02-2008, 11:44 AM
Then I guess we should rethink the affair if it's gonna be Joan.

locachica73
07-02-2008, 11:59 AM
yeah maybe, cuz thats just bad naked.

amyzzz
07-02-2008, 12:25 PM
My husband has a thing for Joan Cusack, but he's weird.

locachica73
07-02-2008, 12:27 PM
LOL ok that is kinda weird, My sister has a thing for John Cusack, has since we were kids, I don't quite get that one either.

amyzzz
07-02-2008, 12:30 PM
John Cusack is pretty hot.

amyzzz
07-02-2008, 12:31 PM
(sorry J~~~~)

marooko
07-02-2008, 02:06 PM
My husband has a thing for Joan Cusack, but he's weird.

maybe its cause she looks like she can take a punch. doesnt your husband beat you? thats gotta be it.

look at that jaw, shes just asking for a knuckle sandwich.

http://img95.imageshack.us/img95/7519/joancusackpicture1zd0.jpg

M Sparks
07-02-2008, 02:18 PM
So did he get rid of the meth problem?

Seriously? Amy gets no love for this?

Post of the day, Amy.

Wheres the beef?
07-02-2008, 02:35 PM
I'm sure the meth problem is back in full swing.

marooko
07-02-2008, 02:48 PM
Seriously? Amy gets no love for this?

Post of the day, Amy.

have we gotten rid of any drug problem?

better to ask if he helped. that answer i think is in the story.