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Two Lawrence police officers suspended for role in fixing traffic tickets in exchange for KU basketball tickets

February 16, 2012, 3:10 p.m. Updated February 16, 2012, 7:17 p.m.

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City leaders have confirmed two Lawrence police officers were suspended following an investigation conducted by the FBI related to traffic tickets being fixed in exchange for Kansas University basketball tickets.

City Manager David Corliss said Thursday afternoon the person whose traffic tickets were fixed is serving time in a federal prison related to the broader KU ticket scandal. A federal judge last year sentenced four former Kansas Athletics Inc. employees — Ben Kirtland, Rodney Jones, Charlette Blubaugh and Kassie Liebsch — and one department consultant, Tom Blubaugh, to federal prison after their guilty pleas in the cash-for-tickets scam from 2005 to 2010 that rocked the university and cost it more than $2 million in football and basketball tickets.

Corliss said in the recent case that Police Chief Tarik Khatib received an anonymous tip in May 2011 about the possible ticket-fixing. It was referred to federal authorities for an investigation. Corliss said the investigators did not believe any criminal charges would be forthcoming.

City officials did not release the names of the two suspended police officers, saying it was a personnel matter.

City officials said the city’s personnel review process is ongoing because the actions of dismissing speeding tickets in exchange for the KU basketball tickets violated the city’s gratuity policy.

“The Lawrence Police Department has the confidence of myself and the Lawrence City Commission,” Corliss said. “This is a serious matter with serious consequences. That is why I referred it to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. ... The police chief is taking the necessary personnel actions, which are serious.”

City officials confirmed the ticket-fixing matter after the Journal-World on Thursday told Corliss it had information the FBI had conducted an investigation regarding KU tickets being given to police officers in exchange for dismissing city tickets.

Thursday’s statement by the city left several questions unanswered.

Both Khatib and Corliss confirmed that “several” members of the Lawrence Police Department were involved in the dismissal of tickets, although they contend one individual orchestrated the matter. Neither Khatib nor Corliss would comment on how many department members were involved with dismissing tickets.

The city also did not provide details about the number of tickets dismissed or the time period over which the dismissals occurred. City officials said they were uncertain of how long the ticket-fixing activity occurred, but said they had evidence it took place over several years.

“It’s my job to make sure that it doesn’t happen again,” Khatib said. “It’s my job to reinforce to employees that this is not an acceptable behavior.”

Mayor Aron Cromwell said one of the suspended individuals orchestrated the dismissal of the tickets, while the other is an individual who had knowledge of the activity and did not step forward. Cromwell said he expects the officer who was leading the activity will be removed from the city’s police force.

“I think that would be a likely scenario,” Cromwell said. “The actual decision is up to the police chief, but I don’t foresee any other potential outcome for the one officer.”

Khatib and Corliss declined to comment on any specific personnel actions that may come from the case. Corliss also declined to say whether the two individuals have been suspended without pay, although he did say the status of their suspensions had changed as the city’s investigation progressed.

Previous occurrences

Khatib acknowledged that he believed there had been allegations of “similar activity” involving police department personnel made prior to the May 2011 anonymous tip. Khatib — who was not chief at the time — said his understanding is those allegations were examined but there was never enough evidence to take more formal action. Khatib succeeded longtime Police Chief Ron Olin, who retired from the city in September 2010 to become director of security and internal controls for Kansas Athletics Inc., also after the KU ticket scandal came to light. Olin left his position with KU last July, saying he had worked himself out of a job and that his services to KU would likely be offered in the future as a consultant. Olin did not return a call seeking comment Thursday.

“It’s unfortunate that this issue has been resurrected,” KU Associate Athletic Director Jim Marchiony said referring to Thursday’s news from City Hall. “But we certainly didn’t know anything about it. We’ve moved on.”

Cromwell said he was disappointed that traffic tickets apparently were being fixed by police department employees for a number of years. But he said he was pleased with how Khatib ­— who took over as police chief in February 2011 — responded to the anonymous complaint.

“I’m very confident that Chief Khatib will identify where the weaknesses are that have been illuminated by this event,” Cromwell said. “He will make sure that officers know if they see anything going on, whether it is a police officer, a civilian or their close friend, they have to report it.”

Reputation damage

Corliss said he believed the events would require the police department to at least partially rebuild its reputation with the community.

“I think there will be some momentary damage to the department, but the continuing strength of the department and the excellent work provided by the members of the department is appreciated by this community and will continue to be appreciated by the community,” Corliss said. “This community has faith in its police department and should have faith in its police department.”

Khatib said Thursday that he did not believe an independent citizens review board would be helpful or instructive in a situation like this investigation.

“This worked. The information came in anonymously. It was jumped on vigorously, and people are going to be held accountable,” Khatib said.

Laura Routh, a Lawrence resident who has urged for more independent oversight of the police department, said she appreciated a statement that Khatib was intent to make sure it didn’t happen again.

“But to say that what has occurred is merely a personnel matter, involving only unacceptable behavior, is a bit soft, I think. Let’s call it what it is. It’s graft. It’s corruption,” Routh said. “And, in my opinion, it validates and rightfully reinvigorates the many questions that have been raised in the past about the transparency of, and accountability within, the Lawrence Police Department.”

Khatib said internal affairs investigators, city management and himself were specifically trained to deal with these types of investigations.

“We have the time, training and the expertise to conduct investigations, to get to the bottom and to get the answers for these types of things,” he said.

But Routh said she believed the community trust in the department “will be further eroded by this unfortunate revelation.”

“I really feel bad for Chief Khatib. He’s inherited quite a legacy, and as a leader he’s got some difficult work to do,” Routh said. “I hope that the city will take this opportunity to engage the citizenry in a broader discussion of police priorities and performance. To improve the community perception of and trust in the police department, we need some form of independent police oversight.”

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Hong_Kong_Phooey 2 years, 10 months ago

And the originality award goes to . . . prospector!!

OSU_Gal 2 years, 10 months ago

No where did it say that KU officials were being bribed. LJW more details would be nice.

itsalwayssunnyinlarry 2 years, 10 months ago

he was previously involved. "...confirmed Thursday afternoon that the person whose traffic tickets were fixed is serving time in a federal prison related to the broader KU ticket scandal."

kimk 2 years, 10 months ago

Guess I know what it takes to bribe a cop.

Crazy_Larry 2 years, 10 months ago

It's not a bribe, apparently it's gratuity. Welcome to Bizzaro World, folks!

jhawkinsf 2 years, 10 months ago

Let sleeping dogs and babies sleep. (and Smitty)

Crazy_Larry 2 years, 10 months ago

Smitty is not going to say anything about this. What is there to say, told ya? Nope, I'm sure Smitty is laughing so hard right now he couldn't type if he wanted to.

shadowlady 2 years, 10 months ago

Yep and I don't blame him/or her, but isn't it amazing how they can change a bribe to gratuity.

been_there 2 years, 10 months ago

Figured smitty would be the first one on here. Don't know if I should get popcorn or a pillow ready, since her comments can put you to sleep. Maybe I'll go with both.

FarneyMac 2 years, 10 months ago

You should really learn to read. You'd probably learn who was involved.

JackMcKee 2 years, 10 months ago

Guess he rolled on more people. I wonder if he'll show his face in Lawrence again.

MISTERTibbs 2 years, 10 months ago

"the person whose traffic tickets were fixed is serving time in a federal prison related to the broader KU ticket scandal."

Was this part added later or do we have a bunch of comprehension challenged folks commenting?

ctrowbridge 2 years, 10 months ago

MISTERTibbs, It was added after the original post. As we obtain more information, we'll continue to add to the story. So, stay tuned. Thanks! Caroline Trowbridge Community Editor

rockchalker52 2 years, 10 months ago

Ya see!! I told you it was true. Clique it or ticket.

poolside 2 years, 10 months ago

My new Mantra! Clique it or ticket! Kudos!

Ceallach 2 years, 10 months ago

: they would probably give me another ticket for having such poor seats :\

thebigspoon 2 years, 10 months ago

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pace 2 years, 10 months ago

The cop bashers are the two cops who scammed the tickets. They did a disservice to honest men and women. Your defense of them shows disrespect to officers who don't fix tickets.

Crazy_Larry 2 years, 10 months ago

You got it right brother/sister! Preach on! Preach on! Can you smell it? That's the stench of truth! We need more of this.

Matthew Herbert 2 years, 10 months ago

awesome. That' s a 'day-maker' level of comment!

KEITHMILES05 2 years, 10 months ago

Damn, I have so happy crude Lew is not AD any longer. Zenger is having to rebuild the entire atmosphere of KUAC due to the lackidaisal and lazy oversight by Perkins.

Pastor_Bedtime 2 years, 10 months ago

Makes one wonder what other forms of payment LPD cops have received to "fix" problems.

ghostofrealityspeaks 2 years, 10 months ago

Both of them should be fired immediately. Why are they still employed? Unethical and behavior unbecoming on an officer. Held to a much higher standard. They must go. The FBI was involved for goodness sake.

Amy Heeter 2 years, 10 months ago

I see this incident as a personnel matter.

James Minor 2 years, 10 months ago

I'm glad the FBI was involved. I hated seeing the FBI sitting in Allen fieldhouse in lousy seats while the LPD were dining on free food and drinks. Hmm!!! How did the FBI get their tickets?

cowboy 2 years, 10 months ago

discretion in issuing a warning is one thing and a standard practice , actually "fixing " an issued ticket is an entirely different matter. If that is the case you can expect terminations pretty quickly and if no charges are brought there will be a public crapstorm. Any one know what "fixing" means ?

Crazy_Larry 2 years, 10 months ago

Ew! Ew! I do! Bribery, a form of corruption, is an act implying money or gift giving that alters the behavior of the recipient. Bribery constitutes a crime and is defined by Black's Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty.

I did a word search for "bribe" and it didn't come up in the news article once. I did notice the mayor imply the action to be "gratuity", which I think is pretty awesome...NOT!

James Minor 2 years, 10 months ago

Officer I did not know I was going 75 in a 30 mph zone. I have to pay 300 dollars for speeding? Now I'll have to sell my KU BBall tickets. Bill and the Boys will miss me cheering them on from the second row behind the bench. Do you know of anyone who could use some tickets? Yes, the ticket price is worth more than two dozen doughnuts. Rock Chalk J Hawk thanks and enjoy!!

Kontum1972 2 years, 10 months ago

i would rather stay home and watch the friggin games...it is cheaper and u can do what u want at home..comfy easy chair...hot dogs and popcorn are not 5 dollars a shot..and u don't have to deal with traffic after the game....now the cops can actually say crime does not pay....LoL

gee i hope they were not married...oh brother...!

huney ...i got fired....!

BruceWayne 2 years, 10 months ago

As a taxpayer that contributed to these idiots beiing paid, I want names.

Steve Jacob 2 years, 10 months ago

At least to this point no players are involved with anything.

Greg Counts 2 years, 10 months ago

I guarantee the KU loser who was getting tickets fixed was Rodney Jones.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 10 months ago

If Kaleb does not want this to happen again, he had better throw the book at those officers. They need to be made an example of, and frankly, put on public display.

irvan moore 2 years, 10 months ago

on 6 news they reported that the officers did nothing illegal but it was a violation of department policy

Crazy_Larry 2 years, 10 months ago

Bribery, a form of corruption, is an act implying money or gift giving that alters the behavior of the recipient. Bribery constitutes a crime and is defined by Black's Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty.

Bassetlover 2 years, 10 months ago

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Deb Engstrom 2 years, 10 months ago

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doc1 2 years, 10 months ago

I think This Khatib guy handled things well. As for people like Kylechandler. You guys need to get a grip with reality. Police Officers are hired from the same gene pool as everyone else. There are a few bad ones just like everywhere else in society. It doesn't mean all of them are like that.

Crazy_Larry 2 years, 10 months ago

The stench of truth: they're drawn from society...carefully tested and filtered...indoctrination and initiation welcome to the "just us" club. (ignorance is bliss)

Kerry Putthoff 2 years, 10 months ago

... so then they should not be charged with the crime that it is because they are police officers? I see officers breaking laws just about every day I am in Lawrence, speeding, turns without signals, pecking on computers while driving(inattentive driving). I also wonder who fixed the ticket Mangino's wife got for crossing the center line on Mass to get a parking spot a few years back? That one kinda just vanished! Face it people, it's not what you are, it's who you are. If you don't think this goes on every day, you are living on a different planet. Officers letting someone skate on a DUI stop because he is active military, etc...etc...

Bladerunner 2 years, 10 months ago

Your vehicle must collide with something to be guilty of inattentive driving. Just sayin....

Missingit 2 years, 10 months ago

Speaking to Routh about the police seems to be like asking Iran about the United States. Done just to sell some papers or get some additional blog posts.

gl0ck0wn3r 2 years, 10 months ago

No kidding. How does one get on the go-to source list for stupid stuff like that? I suppose being a faux-progressive and having plenty of time to show up to meetings? Pretty low bar for sourcing.

Food_for_Thought 2 years, 10 months ago

Agreed. Bad move, LJWorld. This kind of reporting puts LJW on the level of the National Enquirer and other trashy gossip rags.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 10 months ago

You should lobby for them to lower the bar even further. Then maybe even you'd get a call.

gl0ck0wn3r 2 years, 10 months ago

Oh bozo, you gave me a sad. :/ As usual, you've missed the point in your rush to attack a poster. So Routh wants a CRB? How does that make her a "leader" or an expert on this subject? What exactly is Routh's background? Has she had personal interactions with the police that have influenced her very public position? By comparison to Routh and police stories, I rarely see quotes in the LJW from people who oppose the Library or the emT in the dozens of cheerleading stories about those projects. There are certainly people who are equally vocal as Routh on those subjects and yet apparently they aren't "leaders" on those issues?

Crazy_Larry 2 years, 10 months ago

Maybe it's because Routh is a leader in pushing the city towards implementation of a Citizen's Review Board? There should be a CRB.

“I hope that the city will take this opportunity to engage the citizenry in a broader discussion of police priorities and performance. To improve the community perception of and trust in the police department, we need some form of independent police oversight.”

What's so earth shattering about that? Why all the resistance? Citizen's shouldn't be involved in the oversight of those who provide oversight on the citizenry? What's the problem? Makes good sense to me.

Missingit 2 years, 10 months ago

What makes someone a viable candidate for a citizen review board? Has the person been to a police academy to know what is legal and what is not? Is the person versed it department and city policy? If people went thru the Kansas law enforcement training center then I have less problem with it. If u don't know the job or rules of the job you should not to get to be a judge of others that do that job.

pace 2 years, 10 months ago

There are internal review processes. But to call an internal review process a citizens review board would be just more fraud. . You seem to think the police should be above the rules, answerable only to themselves. That is a bit mad, even the real police don't say they should not be answerable to law or their bosses. A citizen's review board of course would have to be informed of rules and procedures. They would also be responsible for suggesting rules and procedures. The police and the community has needed a Citizens Review Board for a long time, and one with teeth.

Missingit 2 years, 10 months ago

Without the training a CRB is like but monday morning quarterbacking from some who knows nothing about the game or the sport

Food_for_Thought 2 years, 10 months ago

A leader? Really? Howso? Other than hanging out on the boards and spamming it with YH material or attacking LPD in her posts, what does she do?

You seem to know more about her than others on here, so why not enlighten us as to her "official" credibility in being able to comment on this matter.

LadyJ 2 years, 10 months ago

They probably made a deal with her that they would interview her if she promised not to post comments about it. Hey, works for me.

Food_for_Thought 2 years, 10 months ago

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 10 months ago

Smitty is not quoted in this article.

Next time you want to get all indignant, it'd be more effective if you know wtf you are talking about.

domovik 2 years, 10 months ago

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Food_for_Thought 2 years, 10 months ago

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thebigspoon 2 years, 10 months ago

Interesting thought: Olin left the LPD in mid 2011; Khalib says the fising occurred prior to Khalib's taking over; Olin is now head of security for KUAC. How much did ollin know? Is the fox in charge of the henhouse?

LeRoyMercer 2 years, 10 months ago

Take a look where Olin's tickets in the fieldhouse have been for years. 8-10 rows up and almost at mid court. Smells fishy. Then an Athletic Department hire for security? Could there have been another motive in his hire?

farr700 2 years, 10 months ago

Olin's been gone from the security job for 6 months.

Jeremiah Jefferson 2 years, 10 months ago

Lol... I can't tell you how many times I have turned down free tickets offered by my employer for games at Allen Fieldhouse and you couldn't pay me to go to a football game... You gota be a real moron to risk your career and possibly your freedom for tickets to any KU game.

Crazy_Larry 2 years, 10 months ago

Such a trivial thing...And apparently others in the department were aware of the crime and looked the other way. They're paid to enforce the law. I think that's the main position description. Maybe instead of training personnel to taze and subdue, they should teach them what the law actually says. And the mayor implies it was against the gratuity policy. News alert Mr. Mayor, bribery is not tipping someone for services rendered. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUpSlK...

pace 2 years, 10 months ago

Tickets to basketball or football may not mean anything to you, or to me, but they have true monetary value. Fixing traffic tickets does matter to me. Removing moving violations, possibly erasing DUI's I have no idea from the article what type of traffic tickets are involved. And if you can fix a ticket without any flag popping up one could be taking other bribes, booze, cash, taking any thing under the table is pure trouble. I don't want corruption to be laughed off,

bleed_BLUE 2 years, 10 months ago

Lawrence Police Department is a joke. Classless, clueless and stupid. They try and intimidate people, make people admit they did something wrong when they didn't....basically all they do is harass people. I'm sure there are WAY more than just two officers who were involved in this. I'm also VERY positive that there are SEVERAL officers who are drunks, alcoholics and put other innocent people's lives in danger by drinking and driving. How many police do you see weaving in and out of traffic in a dangerous manner on a daily basis? I see it all the time. Not using turn signals when they switch lanes, speeding, turning out if front of people at intersections.......just a bunch of worthless punks..all of them. They are entitled, and they try and convince themselves that they know EVERYTHING about a situation that they weren't even involved in. This is great news, and solid proof that this police department is a total joke......kind of like the city government system.

ignatius_j_reilly 2 years, 10 months ago

I've had the opportunity to watch police deal with others (used to work close to downtown, with many calls for the homeless), and I've interacted with Lawrence police on several occasions. I must disagree 100 percent. While there are many issues with the department -- attrition, the atrocious and probably lawbreaking records department, and so on -- the actual police officers seem to me to be highly respectful and not at all "entitled."

Crazy_Larry 2 years, 10 months ago

Bribery, a form of corruption, is an act implying money or gift giving that alters the behavior of the recipient. Bribery constitutes a crime and is defined by Black's Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDK2iL...

squarepusher 2 years, 10 months ago

Not sure why the Police Dept has to partially rebuild their reputation, it was only two officers that acted on their own, not the whole dept. They will be disciplined and life will go on. This isn't really ground-breaking news.

pace 2 years, 10 months ago

Maybe a good on the street question "What personal experience have you had of the local police acting unfairly, illegally, brutally, bullying, threatening or corruptly ? What behavior do you know about?" The answers would open your eyes. And they better be anon, for their sake. I know a guy who when a officer wanted to put paper on him, was told the officer could get a child to swear the guy bothered her. Watching it go down and being able to prove it are two different things. Especially when you make a complaint, it disappears or is deemed resolved. I know of people being threatened with false charges, bullied. A lot of assaults are being ignored. Pray some one doesn't beat you up and claim you are gay. A lot of crimes reported are not being recorded. Call it in and yet "nada" never happened. Get a report number! The police don't threaten the mayor, they threaten some one with out clout. Wake up. The police do have to rebuild their reputation,
We need a citizens review board.

squarepusher 2 years, 10 months ago

Just realized there are a lot of "anonymous" posters here.

Scott Morgan 2 years, 10 months ago

Not a lifer around these parts, but been here awhile. In my opinion Lawrence has an excellent police dept.

Some of the posters should get out around 1 to 3 A.M. drive to a darkened lonely area of town, perhaps one on the edge of town. Then imagine you have to stop one of the vehicles driving by.

I can guarantee you it takes guts. Stepping into a druken domestic abuse situation, taking kids out of a home, being spat on, first on a injury auto accident,,,,,,,,,,,the list goes on and on.

Any cops reading this, I appreciate what you do.

Crazy_Larry 2 years, 10 months ago

Are you white or brown? Do you drive a Mercedes or a hoopty? Are you and your friend cute females? Was it summer time? Were you wearing tank tops? Oh yeah, I'm sure these things happen quite often.

lily 2 years, 10 months ago

HE was driving so maybe there was one SHE in the car. Or maybe not.

like_n_Lawrence 2 years, 10 months ago

I think we have an excellent Police Department. It sounds like Chief Khatib has this under control. To all that we're involved in this scam, shame on you. You wear a uniform for gosh sakes.

Matthew Herbert 2 years, 10 months ago

good cops do NOT do this daily. When I was a young kid, my uncle worked patrol for 11 years and as a high school kid who had interest in the profession I once rode along with him for a day. Mid-day we stopped for some lunch and I distinctly remember him arguing with the cashier who was trying to comp him his meal. The cashier's argument was that it was there policy to give cops free meals since having police in the restaurant rather obviously MASSIVELY cut down the likelihood of a robbery or other crime occuring on the property. My uncle ultimately had to leave the cash on the counter and walk off. I remember almost nothing about that ride along, but I'll never forget that demonstration of integrity. That's what GOOD cops do, daily.

samsnewplace 2 years, 10 months ago

BUT the "Cop" takes an oath to be morally above "Joe Smith Citizen" on a day to day basis. They are set to a higher standard as they are considered "role models" for citizens to show by example, good from bad. You just have to be smart enough to know the difference.

ghostofrealityspeaks 2 years, 10 months ago

Doesn't matter if they are local boys or not. They knew it was wrong and did anyway. It's a big deal because it's unethical and we as citizens expect and deserve more from those who wear blue. There is no other option than to fire the both of them. The one that knew about it and went along with the scheme is no better. Their credibility is forever tarnished.

Crazy_Larry 2 years, 10 months ago

Agreed. Although in my opinion it is not an ethics issue, it's a legal issue. Bribery is against the law. Fixing someone's ticket is against the law as well. At least two laws were broken. Police should be held to a higher standard and given no mercy when found to be corrupt.

irvan moore 2 years, 10 months ago

be sure and wave to a cop today, most of them are pretty darn good people and they have a thankless job, thanks officers

Wayne Propst 2 years, 10 months ago

If the officer's names are not revealed. It will call into question the testimony of all police at all trials......

fudgystuff 2 years, 10 months ago

I'd like to see charges filed on these cops. Even if it is being handled internally it's still illegal. I'd like more than a slap on the wrist after all if it were myself doing this you can bet charges would be filed......Where's the accountability and consequences?

pace 2 years, 10 months ago

I don't think the FBI ruled it not against the law, they only ruled it wasn't against federal law. You are confused. The FBI don't have authority to state it wasn't against local or state law. It probably was against the law, if not we need new law.

Crazy_Larry 2 years, 10 months ago

Yeah, because bribery is actually gratuity in Lawrence. Please! The cops should be fired and prosecuted. Bribery = 1 law broken; fixing ticket = 2nd law broken. The mayor lives in Bizzaro world if he thinks this violates the city's gratuity police. This was not gratuity, it was bribery and tampering with legal documents/process.

purplesage 2 years, 10 months ago

Would LPD extend the courtesy of not naming members of the general public similarly accused? Not on your life. Public accountability demands that LPD publish the names and and outcomes of this investigation.

If guilty, I hope they enjoyed the time at the fieldhouse; it'll be hard to replace a job like they have, at the salary they are paid, with the retirment benefits promised. And, those tickets are expensive.

purplesage 2 years, 10 months ago

Would LPD extend the courtesy of not naming members of the general public similarly accused? Not on your life. Public accountability demands that LPD publish the names and and outcomes of this investigation.

If guilty, I hope they enjoyed the time at the fieldhouse; it'll be hard to replace a job like they have, at the salary they are paid, with the retirment benefits promised. And, those tickets are expensive.

Maracas 2 years, 10 months ago

So it's a bribe if the city wants to hammer someone. It's a gratuity if they want to sweep it under the table. I get it.

Crazy_Larry 2 years, 10 months ago

Yep, yep!!! You got it alright! It's called the "Just Us" club.

jaywalker 2 years, 10 months ago

Sweeeet cheese and rice! Could there be more made about something so incredibly trivial? What a joke.

Crazy_Larry 2 years, 10 months ago

Corruption in law enforcement and government is by no means a trivial matter. If you believe it is then you may be part of the problem. You are the joke.

jaywalker 2 years, 10 months ago

In the grand scheme of things, THIS is certainly a trivial matter. You stating I "may be part of the problem" because I can rationally look at what's transpired AND draw a rational conclusion makes you the joke, pal. That and the disturbing obsession you have w/ this trivia, evident in the 30 or so posts you've contributed here.

But then that's what makes you-you.

Crazy_Larry 2 years, 10 months ago

Wow! A rational person would not be to laugh off corruption by public officials--especially when the corrupt ones are paid to enforce the law. You must be from Bizzaro World. You can't even add correctly (15 posts), I'll assume you're still in first grade. That explains your "rational" thought process. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcjDL5...

Crazy_Larry 2 years, 10 months ago

Did you ask the Office of the Repealer to get rid of the state's bribery law? It's such a trivial law. Where do you draw the line for corruption by public officials? Doesn't disturb you at all that the police can be bought off. Such a trivial thing. I stand by what I wrote earlier, you (and people like you) are part of the problem. (17th post)

jaywalker 2 years, 10 months ago

You counted your own posts. Too cute.

Seek help.

pace 2 years, 10 months ago

Are you ready for the government to pass law making the birth control pill illegal and calling birth control murder? That isn't the Health care act, that story is part of the radical right fringe. The health care act works to help people be able to buy health insurance, and to curb insurance companies from reneging or denying coverage which people have paid for. Mr. Santorum and the radical right want to make their interpretation of the bible into law for all women. Straight to the home. I am grateful for the health care act and not ready for my daughters to be ruled by a radical church based zeolot.

camper 2 years, 10 months ago

I guess there is no other "I don't like Obama" blog today. I guess this one will have to suffice. When the weather gets warm atleast there might be grass to mow on slow days like today.

blindrabbit 2 years, 10 months ago

Help! If I see another s**t eating grin photograph of Corliss in the LJW, I'm going to cancel. They have been running that idiotic photograph for the last 10 years!

Jeremiah Jefferson 2 years, 10 months ago

I wonder how long it will be before the NCAA slaps KU with fines and or tourney or bowl game suspensions for being involved in all this mess. Far as I am concerned, the ticketing staff, all the higher ups, and KU as a whole are just a responisible. Way I see it, KU is just as crooked as the two officers who fixed peoples tickets, Lew Perkins and the several others who took the fall in the latest ticket scandal.

sundancewierdo 2 years, 10 months ago

Would it be fair to players and coaches to slap them with violations? This scandal is a few people taking advantage of those players and coaches. They are already hurt over this. If it had been a situation like Miami or Ohio St, that would be different. This had nothing to do with players or coaches other than a few scumbags profiting from people who would pay any price to watch them compete. I think KU has done a great job teaching kids how to be compliant with the NCAA. There is an effort to educate fans on the NCAA rules. I get a pamphlet every year with my season tickets.

cjeter 2 years, 10 months ago

My favorite part of this is we have two cops that we are paying for with our tax money that obviously can be bought and on the cheap, for the bargain price of around 75 bucks a ticket?! If the guy would have pulled out a couple of hundreds would the response be any different? Bribery is bribery be it tickets or money and these two guys have already proven they can be bought.... They should be fired....

KISS 2 years, 10 months ago

They weren't "caught by an outside higher legal authority." Did you even read the article or did you just see that it was a police thread so you wanted to spread your own anti-police garbage on this blog as quickly as possible without reading the story. It states that the department received an anonymous tip in May and then the Chief REFERRED it to the Attorney General's Office for outside investigation, like he should have because of the potential that it rose to criminal charges.

grahambailey 2 years, 10 months ago

Officer pulled me over last fall, but agreed to let me off with a warning if I'd take his two football tickets.

Patricia Davis 2 years, 10 months ago

I just listened to Channel 6 news to hear our chief of police discuss the "discretion" officers have in writing tickets. He even mentioned the culture of officer dismissing tickets for colleagues, family members and friends. How is this lawful? Is this the kind of police department we want in Lawrence?

KISS 2 years, 10 months ago

Care to give us an example of these "bad experiences" and this "rampant corruption" that you were subjected to or did you just want to make a generalized statements without any facts presented whatsoever?

Charlie Bannister 2 years, 10 months ago

I remember 15 or 16 years ago I was walking home from a bar down the sidewalk on Bob Billings Parkway and a Lawrence cop stopped in the street beside me, turned on his overhead lights, got out of his car and proceeded to act like a complete a** towards me. It is true that I was over the limit some, and that is why I was walking home, not driving. The guy actually shoved me some, like he wanted me to push him back and then arrest me, but I would not play. I eventually just told him that I knew Captain (blank) on the PD and he would be best served to leave me be and I turned and walked away. This is a PERFECT example of my rights being violated for NO REASON WHATSOEVER. The cop had reddish hair and wore glasses but I did not get his name. I never reported this to anyone but told my wife about it. She advised me to just keep quiet as she was afraid we would be further harassed. I have no criminal record and we are both law abiding citizens. My only crime was having a little too much to drink and it was a warm evening so I walked home instead of driving or calling my wife. This guy was on a power trip and if he had done this to me anywhere else without his uniform on it would be felony assault. This PD has more problems than they are letting on and I am generally a fan of the police, but this was a real eye opener.

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