Ex-Cop's Sad Saga Points to Problems with Pill Popping Police . . . and Fullerton PD?
The Reg tells the Todd Alan Major saga in light of others involving prescription drug abusers who recently wore law enforcement badges in Orange County. But Major's story could also serve as a jumping off point to ask this:
What the fuck's up with the Fullerton Police Department?
First, Register reporter Kimberly Edds tells the story of Major, a 30-year-old who colleagues on the force described as "a great cop with a good heart." The son of Mike Major, the former head of investigations with the Orange County District Attorney's Office, Todd Major spent nearly every Tuesday night running his department's Police Explorer program.
|Courtesy of Fullerton Police Department|
|Former Fullerton cop Todd Alan Major is the son of the Orange County District Attorney's former lead investigator.|
Major, who resigned from the force in January, was facing 17 felony charges brought by the state Attorney General's office. Through a deal with prosecutors, 15 charges were dropped in exchange for Major pleading guilty last month to fraudulently using a credit card to steal and embezzling from the city of Fullerton.
A judge ordered Major to serve 180 days, which he is serving by taking out trash at the Theo Lacy Jail complex in Orange eight hours a day, five days a week. He goes home at night but must refrain from using illegal drugs or unauthorized prescription drugs, or being around drug dealers or users. He must also submit to drug testing.
Edds reports that prescription painkiller abuse "has been seeping into America's law enforcement agencies, in some cases blurring the lines between cop and crook." She cites some other pill-popping police that the Weekly has also reported on:
- Former Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Allan James Waters, who was sentenced Friday to 32 months in prison after pleading guilty to 12 felonies, including that he sold fake cocaine to buy prescription drugs and lied to eight doctors for more than a year to get prescription painkillers.
- Former Anaheim cop Kevin Noel Schlueter, who was sentenced in April 2010 to 10 months--six of which he spent in a residential drug treatment facility and the remainder confined to his home--after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of a cocktail of prescription drugs for the third time in less than a year. He also received five years probation.
The piece ends with Fullerton Police Chief Michael Sellers saying, "This is the true tragedy because rarely does anyone think ahead of time about the consequences for their dependency behaviors."
One hopes Sellers is also aware of the behaviors of other officers in his department.