Radley Balko has noticed that one of the LEO instructors being touted by the NRA’s Law Enforcement training division resigned from his position with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department after being caught making an unlawful arrest, then covering up the evidence:
This isnâ€™t just a case of a cop losing his temper over a guy leaning on his car. His bad judgment carried over into an illegal arrest. He then filled out, signed, and filed a falsified a police report to cover up his other mistakes. Were it not for the video, Overcashâ€™s report could very well have resulted in a man getting convicted and sentenced for crimes he didnâ€™t commit.
NRA should investigate this, and remove him from the position post haste. I agree with those who suggest this is not the kind of person we want representing NRA’s law enforcement programs. At the very least, they owe members an explanation.
UPDATE: Going to see what I can find out about this. To me NRA should set the example for honor and integrity, and I think these kind of actions falls below that standard.
UPDATE: From an earlier story from August,Â “Overcash gave 6-month notice of his intention to leave FLPD in January 2010, which predates the release of the controversial video in April 2010 in which Overcash arrests a man who demanded Overcash’s badge number. So while that incident triggered an investigation by FLPD into Overcash’s actions, it does not appear to be a factor in Overcash’s decision to leave the department.”