Whether in Mount Morris, NY or NYC: in a conflict with power on the line, the police are absolutely shameless. They know where their bread is buttered. They know that as a group they are politically unstoppable. They wield this clout for increasingly trivial and transparently self-serving reasons. And even when any moron can see that they are in the wrong.
One back story to the Sephora Davis matter we have been discussing (beginning here, with many follow up posts over the next month) is the deep and entrenched corruption of the police in the relevant area, and particularly Mount Morris, NY – where Sephora was raped at knife point by a police informant, and where the subsequent criminal charges against her were developed before they were filed up the road in Geneseo.
Where to begin? The Mount Morris Police Department has been notorious ever since I started practicing law in 1989. Every criminal defense lawyer in the region seemed to know about them, including everyone way up in Rochester, some 30-40 miles away.
As it happened, certain things about that police department were coming to a head in that squalid little backwater right at the same time all this Sephora Davis stuff was going on. The details are a bit murky for me, and remarkably there is almost nothing online about it. It received some, but not a lot of news coverage. The only thing I can find now about it is the remnants of an obscure article here.
Briefly, though, the department had a chief that was implicated in all kinds of ill defined misconduct in 2004. It’s ill-defined because everything is kept secret by the officials. The Village Board meets in what is called “executive session” to consider such issues. The police department insists – and they have guns.