Thursday, 13. June 2013
A St. Paul police officer was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence and attempting to flee in a motor vehicle.
Sgt. Cory Slifko, who has served on the force for 13 years, was arrested around 10:30 a.m. by Rosemount police, the South St. Paul Police Department said in a statement.
According to the police report, law enforcement officials received calls about an erratic driver who had caused damage to some neighborhood mailboxes. Officers in the area responded to the call and attempted to get Slifko to pull over to the side of the road. Slifko, who was driving his personal vehicle at the time of the incident, tried to drive away, but he was stopped and arrested shorty thereafter.
South St. Paul Police Chief Bill Messerich said Slifko’s conduct was unacceptable.
“We hold our officers to high standards, both on and off duty, and the incident that took place on Tuesday morning in Rosemount is very concerning to us all,” Messerich said a press release.
Slifko was booked into the Dakota County jail for his actions. He has since been released on bail and placed on paid administrative leave by the South St. Paul Police Department.
Not Above The Law
Everybody makes a mistake from time to time, but every so often we hear of a case where an officer believes the rules don’t apply to him. It’s uncertain if Sgt. Slifko drank heavily the night before or dabbled into the whiskey early Tuesday morning, but it was clearly a poor decision on his part. Even then, DUI’s for individuals in a position of authority are not uncommon, but his decision to attempt to flee clearly showed a disregard for the law he has taken an oath to defend.
We’ve written about officers who have shown a similar disregard for the law in the past. Recently, our attorneys have chimed in on two cases where the officer put himself above the law.
Criminal Defense Attorney Melvin Welch examined a 4th amendment case in Texas where an officer was caught on camera saying, “We are exempt from the law.” In his piece, Mel talks about the inherent conflict in the relationship between those tasked with the duty of upholding the law, and those tasked with the obligation of following the law.
Defense Attorney Avery Appelman also spoke about the recent police brutality case in Cotati, California. In the video of the incident, officers are seen forcibly entering a home and tasing the couple inside. While Appelman believes the police were acting in the line of duty in entering the home to check on the welfare of a child in a possible domestic violence situation, the officers used unreasonable force by tasing two individuals who had their arms up and posed no visible threat.
These cases showcase an extreme disregard for the law. While nobody is perfect, it is the citizens who are in danger when authority figures blatantly ignore the law.
Related source: TwinCities.com