Texas Metropolis, TX — Officer Linnard R. Crouch was seen on his own body camera—not serving to a 74-year-old man who was having a coronary heart assault—however robbing him. The aged sufferer, James Mabe had the money to go purchase Christmas presents for his grandchildren, however as a result of the cop robbed him as a substitute of helped him he’d by no means make it. Now, the officer who stole a dying aged man’s Christmas cash won’t be going to jail.
Final month, with virtually no information protection, Crouch pleaded responsible to robbing the aged dying man. As a substitute of being punished for his utter betrayal of public belief and despicable act, Crouch was given probation and won’t spend someday behind bars.
However that’s not all, Crouch has a historical past of corruption. Crouch was suspended previous to robbing a dying aged man on Chirstmas after a number of complaints have been filed in opposition to him, courting again to 2011.
The previous officer failed to finish incident experiences, left data out of different accomplished experiences and didn’t put on his physique digital camera always whereas on responsibility, based on a 68-page notice of suspension and an inventory of official complaints included as an exhibit with Linda Mabe’s lawsuit filed final yr.
What’s extra, he was additionally dealing with an aggravated assault cost stemming from an incident involving a gun and his girlfriend, based on the Dallas Morning News. However as a part of the plea deal, that cost was dismissed.
On Dec. 19, 2016, Linda Mabe gave her husband the cash to purchase Christmas presents for the household, a process he reportedly liked.
“Linda and James liked the Christmas Season with the household custom for greater than 45 years being that Linda and James would host an enormous Christmas meal adopted by the trade and opening of Christmas items,” a lawsuit filed last year states.
Shortly after embarking on his current shopping for journey, nevertheless, Mabe pulled his truck to the aspect of the highway after he started to have chest pains. Texas metropolis police acquired a name of a stopped automobile and that’s when Crouch confirmed up. As a substitute of serving to the dying man, nevertheless, Crouch would rob him.
“After opening James’ locked truck door, Officer Crouch then reached into James’ proper entrance pocket and eliminated James’ $2,400 in Christmas current cash and different cash,” the criticism states. “Officer Crouch by no means reported the $2,400 and different cash [and] as a substitute gave again lower than $300.”
A police division memo from January corroborate these allegations.
“I’ve reviewed Officer Crouch’s physique digital camera video and have noticed Officer Crouch to have eliminated cash from Mr. Mabe’s proper entrance pocket he seems to not have reported,” based on the memo written by Assistant Chief Joe Stanton to Police Chief Robert Burby.
Crouch then had the nerve to go to Linda within the hospital as her husband died and provides them again simply $300. Crouch met with Linda and her son, Michael Mabe, on the emergency room to return James’ private belongings and he handed them a baggie with just a few hundred inside and allegedly informed them that the cash was the one private possession he had discovered on James.
“At a time when seconds may imply life or demise, as my husband clung to life, a police officer who’s charged by legislation to guard and serve robbed my husband when he wanted assist probably the most,” Linda Mabe mentioned.
Now, the officer who robbed her husband of his cash and arguably his life won’t be held accountable in any significant approach—a travesty of justice certainly.