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100 of department's drug cases could now be dismissed, D.A. says

Published: Friday, April 5 2013 1:00 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

Better call in the gang task-force to check out the WVPD's.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

Maybe that's why they couldn't find Susan Cox Powell. Just saying.

athought
Salt Lake City, UT

My thinking is that with mama getting a high profile attorney from LA, they're now on a witch hunt and Gil doesn't want to be part of it, so if he can discredit the police department, he will -- that'll make him look good. I'm sure he doesn't live on the west side, so he could care less about the creeps these police deal with, and yes, I'm including the dead druggie. Maybe she didn't deserve to die, but the officer didn't deserve to be hit by her car when she tried to flee, either. I'll bet if you looked, you'd find most of the drug deals in the valley are on the west side. The DA throws all these charges out, the dealers will know where they can go and be protected by the DA's office. I'd move out of West Valley if I were smart, otherwise expect the dealers to set up shop in your neighborhood, if they aren't already.

ExDixieIte
Salt Lake City, UT

Now they need to start doing the same thing dismissing cases and moving to vacate convictions on Lisa Steed's DUIs.

BusStopRatBag
Layton, UT

@athought

I grew up with Gill and his brother. On the west side. In Kearns. We all thought people in Granger were wealthy and compared to us perhaps they were. Believe it or not, people from humble beginnings (and Simarjit Gill's were a lot humbler than Kearns) make something of themselves.

After all these years I don't claim to know the man or understand what he cares about these days but I suspect you don't either. I think there's a decent chance he cares about the west side just fine.

Bomar22
Roberts, ID

I normally support the rule of law, however it appears that there has been an environment of frontier law enforcement in West Valley City and other parts of the state. The Attorney Generals office has its own problems, although there has been little news on that lately and a number of unarmed suspects being shot. The appearance does not look good for the state of Utah and tarnishes all of the good and honorable law enforcement officers.

benny02
slc, ut

nothing good comes from west valley....

benny02
slc, ut

The west valley police dept act more like the keystone cops than a decent police department...Two innocent children (Powell) are dead because they didnt feel they had enough to make an arrest. Do the wvc pd officers have college degrees? All the stories that have come out about them of late, makes them appear to have the intellect, ability and leadership skills of a small one-person police department.
In order to get back the confidence of the people, they need transparency and change.
Sad...

Shimlau
SAINT GEORGE, UT

athought; I like your comment. I heard of a young man that grew up in WVC and when he heard a gunshot, he ran for cover. Where I grew up a gunshot that was heard meant it was hunting season. Like you said, the high power Liar I mean lawyer may have everyone on the run for cover. it's a shame that they all seem to be more interested in CYA and money than in justice.

Archie1954
Vancouver, BC

It always seems to be too little too late. Why does someone always have to die before egregious activities are investigated. Are we to believe that the police department is so dense that these types of illegal and suspect actions on the part of nefarious officers was not known? I don't understand how things can get so out of control.

NeilT
Clearfield, UT

Why was Josh Powell never named a suspect in his wife's dissapearance? Never understood their reasoning on that. Recently a WVPD officer committed suicide. A tragedy. I understand the Chief is retiring in the near future. Lets hope WVPD does a thorough search for a competent replacement who will restore trust in the department.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

This whole mess with West Valley is the reason that there should be ONE police department in the Salt Lake Valley. Not 10 like there are now. Crime knows no political bounderies and all the little cities don't need their own private armys any more. Midvale figured it out. So did Taylorsville.

The arguement that "oh the police won't know the community or be responsive to the community needs" is lame as all get out. The mayors like their little armies and the revenue that they generate. Those of us who remember the fiasco at the Alta View Hospital with Sandy, the State, the County Sheriff's office all tripping all over themselves because they all thought that they ran the show is one of the problems.

One police department would have the resources and manpower to provide service to all the people in the valley.

1conservative
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

Why not just disincorporate WVC?

Most of us who live here don't hold the bureaucracy in very high regard. We mostly just tolerate them anyway. About all they do is vote themselves ever increasing salaries.

By the time we wind up paying off all the lawsuits resulting from the latest fiasco, we'll have paid out millions.

I'd be the first to sign a disincorporation petition!

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