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Polk Detectives Caught WiiBowling During Drug Raid

September 22, 2009

BowlingDuring a recent raid on the home of a convicted drug dealer, several detectives with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office spent nearly an hour bowling on a Nintendo Wii, while other detectives swept the house.

The detectives were unaware of a wireless security camera recording their impromptu bowling tournament, which now threatens to dismantle the case against the target of the raid.

However, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd denies it will have any effect, telling the Tribune, “That absolutely is not true; that doesn’t invalidate the search at all. Now the defendant would like for it to invalidate the search, but unfortunately for him, it won’t.

From the Tribune:

“Obviously, this is not the kind of behavior we condone,” Lakeland Police Chief Roger Boatner said. “There was a lot of down time, but that does not excuse the fact that we should act as the consummate professionals.”

“Certainly this was a case of bad judgment,” Auburndale Police Chief Nolan McLeod said. “We will handle it appropriately.”

Winter Haven police Sgt. Brad Coleman said Chief E.C. Waters had not viewed the video. “If there is any indication that someone did something inappropriately, we will do something about it,” Coleman said.

Although these detectives made a poor decision, it does present an opportunity for citizens to thank police for the hard work they do: Donate a Wii to your local police station. They have dropped in price to $200, making it easy for neighbors to chip in and give our men and women in blue some of the rest and relaxation they deserve.

Polk undercover drug investigators play Wii during raid [Tampa Tribune]

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