The Wanna Be Cop scandal has claimed it's first victim... sort of. Tuesday in the dead of night, Lt. Rob Smith was quietly reassigned to the Valley Command. The move was intended to keep the "reassignment" quiet and was an effort not to embarrass the lieutenant.
Our Eyes tell us that Lieutenant Smith was one of the officers who signed off on Civilian David Young's overtime hours that were used to pay for Young's fondle, uh... police work. As of today, Lt. Smith's supervisor Commander Joe Hudson - who also signed of on Young's nocturnal O.T. activities - was still over at SID.
In looks to us as if The 5th Floor is trying to simultaneously protect itself and one of their favored officers. Reassigning Smith to uniformed duty in the Valley allows Sergeant... rather, Chief Schultz to look pro-active when his "investigation" comes back claiming that illegally using David Young to arrest and prosecute prostitutes and paying him to do it, is a result of poor training.
Meanwhile over at Metro Court one of the first of what is sure to be a long string of cases in which Young was the arresting officer, was dismissed. You can also be sure that "the accused" will shortly become "the plaintiff" in what's sure to be an equally long string of civil cases against APD and the city.
For some unknown reason, The 5th Floor is working hard to provide cover for Smith and Hudson. Our Eyes tell us that most officers would have at least the subject of an IA and more than likely be forced to muck out Marty's kennels while on admin leave.
The boys on The 5th Floor are certainly trying to sweep this one under the rug. But while they're taking cover, they're trying waaay too hard to cover the two officers who seem to be directly responsible. Why?
It's either friendship or the two know too much. If the former, expect The 5th Floor to burn them if things get bad and promote them if they survive the October election. If the latter, look for a Smith and possibly Hudson to be summarily thrown under the bus.