Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ex-Cop, Wife Beater and Gun Thief

William Fowlkes, 47, was arrested in Suffolk County and charged with physically abusing his wife, an inspector with the New York Police Department. Pursuant to that arrest, an order of protection was issued to Fowlkes, in part directing him to turn over any and all firearms that he owned.

According to the district attorney, Nassau County Police recovered four unregistered handguns from his residence. Fowlkes was eventually convicted upon his plea to a misdemeanor count in the Suffolk County case.

One of the recovered guns, a Smith & Wesson 38 Special, was obtained during a controlled gun “buy” while Fowlkes was working as a detective in October 2001, Rice said. The gun should have been retained as evidence in the gun-selling investigation. Instead, Fowlkes falsely reported to the Nassau County Police Department in April 2002 that he had arrested an individual in connection with that buy. No such arrest ever actually took place.
What do you think? Do cops and ex-cops cut more corners than civilian gun owners? I think that's probably true, but I couldn't help noticing the similarity with this guy's conduct and the famous gun-rights motto, "bad laws be damned."

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