We Only Read the Articles (SOS Again)
Oh yeah, there's also a rather large interview with imprisoned ex-cop Jerry Finnigan. We don't see the point in linking to a paysite you can't access without a password, but here's a few paragraphs to pique your interest:
- There was once a time when the image of the SOS was anything but threatening. Back then, Special Operations referred to the CPD equivalent of kiddie rides: horses for mounted cops, bicycles to patrol running paths or boats to monitor the waterfront. Because these were cushy assignments, they tended to attract children of the brass - hence the nickname Sons of Supervisors.
- As Finnigan started his second stint at the SOS, his cop friends were not so much concerned about the supervisors above him as they were about the cops alongside him. "Suddenly he became the old guy," one says. "Everyone around him looked him looked half his age. He didn't have a peer to calm him down. And sometimes Jerry needed to be calmed down."
The article describes a cop gone rogue in the worst way. Finnigan also spreads the blame around, with Herrera and Hurley (deceased) taking a lot of the blame, along with indicted co-conspirators Maka and Pratscher. Unindicted, but left hold a bag of shit, include Officer Burzinski, Sgt. Eldridge and ADS Tobias & Kirby. The article ends up being almost seven full pages and cleared up a few questions we always had about the scandal. Of course, you have to remember, Finnigan is doing 12 years and anything he says has to be viewed through a veil of suspicion anyway.
UPDATE: What is particularly interesting is some of the names left out. We aren't going to get into them here as they are unindicted at the moment, but at least one other sergeant resigned under investigation, a lieutenant retired, another PO who was on the periphery of another scandal ended up at SOS for this investigation and was later promoted.
Many questions were answered, but a few more raised.