Friday, December 10, 2010

Corrupt cop testifies to save his butt

Corruption happens when you have absolute power.   Jams Formato of Berwyn, IL must know that more than anyone now.  

James Formato said he joined the Berwyn Police Department in 1994 because it was a good job and he wanted to help people in his hometown. But not even a decade later, he was up to no good at all.
Testifying for the prosecution in the racketeering trial of alleged mob boss Michael "The Large Guy" Sarno, the 43-year old Formato said he frequently worked a bizarre double-shift as a cop and criminal from 2002 to 2004.

The scariest thing about this entire ordeal is:

In 2002, Formato was a candidate for the department's officer of the year award

Even the seemingly good cops in Illinois, can be so bad:

Houses that Formato visited on police calls during the day, he would burglarize by night. After morning roll call, he would sometimes be sent to the scenes of crimes the gang had pulled off. The home of one drug dealer was such a lucrative target that the crew robbed it repeatedly, once while posing as police officers. They nicknamed their victim "the ATM.

Sickens me... deeply.

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