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Least Competent Law Enforcement

News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published Sept. 2, 2014

Least Competent Law Enforcement

(1) The Clay County (Florida) Sheriff's Office twice this year arrested the wrong Ashley Chiasson -- in January (for grand theft) and in May (writing bad checks) -- despite three years, five inches, 20 pounds and distinctive middle names separating them (Ashley Odessa, the suspect, vs. Ashley Nicole, the innocent victim). ("Odessa" spent five weeks in jail before deputies admitted their mistake.)

(2) James Jordan Sr. died in Brooklyn, New York, in 2006, but NYPD officers have barged into his family's home 12 times since then -- four in 2014 alone -- seeking him on various charges. His widow, Karen Jordan, even taped his death certificate to the front door, but that failed to deter the officers, one of whom shouted during a recent raid that they "know" Jordan is hiding inside somewhere. Karen recently filed a lawsuit against NYPD for the raids, which include "turning out drawers, looking in closets, harassing my children." [St. Augustine Record, 6-12-2014] [New York Post, 5-6-2014]

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