Are police officers above the law? That certainly seems to be the case, as time after time, cops commit serious crimes and seem to get away with it.
On August 16, a Richmond, California police officer who is supposed to uphold the law now stands accused of breaking it.
The Walnut Creek Police Officer is accused of beating a woman with a baseball bat. The officer deliberately attempted to conceal his identity by wearing a mask.
The officer in question is 53-year old Gregory Thompson. He’s a 30 year veteran of the Walnut Creek Police Department. While he was detained after the attack, and even charged with assault with a deadly weapon and felony vandalism, he is now sitting at home on paid leave… essentially receiving a paid vacation.
Neighbors report that they heard a disturbance around 2 a.m. They then called the police who responded to the calls reporting a woman screaming. They arrested Thompson at the scene.
Richmond police said that Thompson identified himself as a police enforcement officer when he was confronted while sitting nearby in his car.
When the responding cops had a look through the vehicle, they found a mask on the floor and a baseball bat in the trunk.
To make matters more frightening for the general public, Richmond police say that the victim didn’t even know Thompson. She was just a stranger who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Officer Thompson saw here walking through the area after her car ran out of gasoline.
“We don’t have a motive in this case, but we’re looking at the possibility this was mistaken identity, or someone else was supposed to be targeted. We just don’t know,” Richmond Police Captain Bisa French, explained.
Thompson is out on bail now an Walnut Creek authorities say that he is still an employee and law enforcement officer. He is on paid administrative leave pending results of their internal investigation and related legal proceedings.
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