A former officer of the Johnson County Sherriff’s workplace in Kansas has had his police license revoked after he was caught making an attempt to short-change a retailer out of practically $400 value of Pokémon playing cards.
As this disciplinary submitting (by way of The Kansas Metropolis Star) states, the person—recognized as William Knight—had been serving as a “full-time regulation enforcement officer” with the Sherriff’s Workplace since March 2019. In Might this 12 months, whereas in uniform, he was “procuring in a retail retailer” when he “aroused the suspicions of an Asset Safety Investigator”.
Seems Knight had been caught taking “a number of barcodes off cheap gadgets he had at house”, had caught them on the again of 12 complete packing containers of Pokémon playing cards and thought he might get away with shopping for them at a drastically lowered worth.
The cashier immediately observed one thing was up, although, and after alerting the “Asset Safety Investigator” Knight pretended that he had simply acquired “a name” and needed to instantly go away the shop. He was rapidly recognized, nonetheless, and later needed to admit that he had certainly tried to rip-off them, which resulted in him being criminally charged with one depend of “illegal acts concerned in theft detection”.
Whereas Knight escaped a felony case, his actions have been additionally introduced earlier than the Kansas Fee on Peace Officers’ Requirements and Coaching, the federal government physique overseeing the appointment of cops within the state. They decided that as a result of Knight “lacks the non-public qualities of integrity” required, he was unfit to proceed serving, and so final month revoked his license to function an officer (Knight had already left his position on the Johnson County Sherriff’s workplace three days after the incident, so this wasn’t a firing, extra of a prevention of him getting police work elsewhere within the State).
‘Sadly, in a time of extreme stress and anxiousness, he exercised poor judgment, resulting in this arrest and cost,” Knight’s lawyer mentioned in a press release despatched to The Kansas Metropolis Star. “Regardless of his discharge from the JCSO, Mr. Knight is gainfully employed, supporting his household and making an attempt to make amends to the sufferer, his group and his household by the DA’s diversion program.”