Earlier last month, a bizarre video surfaced of a former Mesa, Arizona policeman who allowed to roam free while serving a three-day sentence in a Scottsdale jail.
Former police lieutenant Rick Van Galder was pulled over with twice the legal limit of blood alcohol. He tried to get out of it by touting his 20 years of service as an officer, but it didn’t work. He ultimately had to serve the three-day sentence. Doing so, however, was hardly a jail sentence. Galder was allowed to eat fast food with the other officers and his wife, he spent most of his time in the detention manager’s office and was given a key card to allow himself to come and go as he pleased.
Friday, Arizona reporter Wendy Halloran at KPNX updated the story, detailing the light sentence those involved seemed to score for their role in the incident.
Three jail staffers, detention manager Jeff Landrum, Sergeant Don Vogel, and Sergeant Kris Keilich, have been demoted. Only department police commander Bruce Ciolli was suspended. All Ciolli received was one-week suspension without pay.:::