This criminal cop was unable to resist the temptation to betray his oath to cash in on the war on drugs.
Memphis, TN — Frequent readers of the Free Thought Project know the horrors of the war on drugs and the rampant destruction it’s left in its decades-long past. One of the more insidious side effects of the drug war — outside of laying waste to the rights and lives of innocent people — is the tendency to foster corruption. The temptation to cash in on the black market by those in power abusing their public trust is apparently so irresistible that cops are frequently busted doing exactly that.
Memphis Police Officer Sam Blue, 62, is one of those cops.
This week, Blue was handed down a 12-year sentence for myriad charges stemming from his inability to resist the temptation to betray his oath to cash in on the war on drugs. His sentencing has been in the works for nearly three years since he pleaded guilty in January 2020 to conspiracy to violate civil rights by using force, violence, and intimidation, and conspiracy to commit robbery affecting interstate commerce.
“Our citizens have a right to be policed by officers who follow the law. This officer abused his authority and violated others’ civil rights. He’ll now spend a significant time in federal prison. My hope is that this sentence sends a clear message that law enforcement officers who break the law will be held accountable,” U.S. Attorney Kevin G. Ritz said during the sentencing hearing.
“This sentencing proves that abuse of law enforcement authority will not be tolerated,” said Bryan McCloskey, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Memphis Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “Every citizen has the right to expect law enforcement officers to act in accordance with the laws they have sworn to uphold, and the FBI is committed to aggressively investigating and bringing to justice those officers who break the law and violate the public trust.”
The now disgraced officer Sam Blue was an extremely bad cop. For years, he used his badge to live a double life. While he kidnapped and caged folks for selling arbitrary substances as part of his job, when he wasn’t under the department’s eye, he was robbing these same people for personal gain.
According to court documents, Blue was involved with a dark and torturous group of criminals who would target alleged drug dealers, kidnap them and torture them until they gave up their money or product. In one such instance, a man was burned all over his body as Blue’s thug co-conspirators searched for his cash. One of those victims was a man named Eric Cain.
According to the Department of Justice:
In July 2018, Eric Cain was selected as a robbery target by the conspirators. The defendants began conducting surveillance on Cain and put a GPS tracker on his car. Blue provided the gate code used by law enforcement to access Cain’s apartment complex in furtherance of the plan to commit the robbery.
On July 13, 2018, as Cain was leaving his apartment in Memphis around 4:30 a.m., a black car with flashing blue lights pulled up behind his car. Cain believed he was being stopped by law enforcement. Two of the defendants, dressed in black clothing with the word “police” on it and wearing masks and armed with handguns, got out of the car with the flashing lights and ordered Cain to get out of his car and get on the ground. Cain obeyed and the men handcuffed him, put a hood over his face, and placed him in the back of their car. The defendants then drove Cain to a house on Reese Road here in Memphis.
At this new location, Cain was taken inside the house and restrained while the defendants beat him, burned him on his arms, neck, and head, and demanded that he tell them where he kept his money and/or drugs. Cain was able to escape by jumping through the front window of the house. He was hospitalized for a week in the burn unit and underwent surgery for his injuries.
Luckily for the residents of Memphis, Blue is now in a cage and will be there until he is an old man. Unfortunately, however, for every one criminal cop taken off the streets, countless others still remain within the ranks.
Cops betraying their communities by extorting drug dealers, and stealing their products is undoubtedly immoral and deserves punishment. But the folks targeted by Blue and his fellow officers for merely possessing and selling drugs to willing customers—should never end with anyone in a cage.
Criminalizing addiction and substance abuse has done nothing to curb use. People are literally dying in the streets at an increasing rate and no amount of police state can stop it. In fact, since the inception of the drug war, drug addiction and overdoses have gotten worse.
Fortunately, this paradigm seems to be breaking apart and cases like this exposing the façade have begun a crack in the drug war wall — and that wall has started to crumble.
Article posted with permission from Matt Agorist
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