Is This What You Call Community Policing?
As everyone who reads LL Daily knows, the Washington Post reported that a D.C. Police officer was busted for soliciting SEX from a prostitute last month. (This is not shocking. Have you seen some of our cops?). Officer Robert A. Schmidt was busted in a downtown hotel as part of an internet-sting operation run by his own department's anti-prostitution unit.
The Post writes:
His meeting with Officer Madeline Collado, who was posing as a prostitute, took place Feb. 20, just after 5 p.m., in a fifth-floor room at the Embassy Suites hotel near 10th and K streets NW, according to an affidavit filed by police in D.C. Superior Court. The document quotes their conversation in a room wired for sound and video.
"So, what do you do for a living?" Collado asked him, after the two had exchanged pleasantries.
"I work with the government," Schmidt said, to which Collado replied, "How cool is that!"
Here, Schmidt proves himself not too swift. Collado's how-cool-is-that response should have been a dead give away that she's full of it. No one, not even real sex workers could bluff that well. Schmidt doesn't walk out of the room. Instead, he agrees to pay the $80 for a half hour of lovemaking.
For his bust, Schmidt just had to complete a stint at the John's School. His charges have been dismissed. The department is now investigating Schmidt.
But guess what Schmidt's doing in the meantime?
Schmidt is working a foot beat in 4D. Talk about community policing. Is the department desperate enough to keep this officer on the force? Would you want this guy patrolling your neighborhood?