Idaho Cop Charged With Heinous Crime; Still Getting Paid
We look to the police to protect us, to look out for us, and to be there for us in our time of need. At least, that's what we're supposed to think, right? This story may sadly sway you.
You'd imagine that if you're charged with a serious violent crime, you'd be thrown in jail, fired, shunned, all that stuff. Apparently, those rules don't apply for certain members of the men and women in blue.
An Idaho State Police specialist, Derek James Emmert, 38, has been put on administrative leave after being arrested for being charged with felony battery domestic violence with a traumatic injury. You read that right. An Idaho police officer is still cashing checks after he allegedly bruised a woman, using force to push her around, all in front of the view of three teenagers. The alleged victim is being described as a "household member."
ISP spokesperson Aaron Snell had this to say regarding the case:
Idaho State Police believes domestic violence is an important social issue and takes allegations seriously.
So seriously, in fact, that ISP is making sure Emmert is still being paid his normal $34.50 an hour while this case plays out.
Now, we obviously believe in one is innocent until proven guilty, but shouldn't special circumstances be involved when it's a public servant committing a violent crime, in front of minors no less?
What's your take? Should this Idaho State Police officer be left to run free until his case is wrapped up, or should he stay behind bars to await his fate?