Thursday, June 30, 2016

Ex-JPD cop pleads guilty to extortion

U.S. Attorney Greg Davis issued the following press release:

Former Jackson Police Officer Pleads Guilty To Extortion

Jackson, Miss – Bryan Jones, 44, of Jackson, pled guilty on June 29, 2016, before U.S. District Judge Dan Jordan, to extortion by use of his position as a police officer, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and FBI Special Agent in Charge Donald Alway.

While working as a JPD officer, Jones violated the Hobbs Act on April 15, 2015. Jones took cash during a stop from undercover FBI agents and never recorded or placed the money in Jackson Police Department evidence. At the time of the stop, Jones was carrying his service pistol holstered on his belt and driving his patrol car.

A confidential source called Jones to provide him with the location of someone who Jones thought was a drug dealer, but was really an undercover agent. Jones, acting in his capacity as a police officer, illegally searched and seized $4,000.00 and $5,000.00 respectively and later split the money with the confidential source and never recorded the money or turned it over to the Jackson Police Department evidence.

Jones will be sentenced on September 23, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Jackson Police Department.


Anonymous said...

Robert Smith Shuler... and now this. All stem from the ridiculous War on Drugs.

RSS and this crooked cop are certainly problems, but the War on Drugs creates a lot of incentive and opportunity for these types of bad actions from "law enforcement."

I Can See Clearly Now... said...

Right, 4:16. It's the fault of laws you don't agree with. It's certainly not due to a lack of a moral compass, lack of accountability and responsibility and poor work ethic. Those are peripheral issues that would vanish like a quiet poot if the laws we don't like would just vanish or change.

Why didn't I think of that?

Anonymous said...

Just an example of the Jackson cops. Not quite as bad as those caught using cop cars to provide an armed escort for drug runs or those who took drugs from some people and gave to their friends to sell for them.

Anonymous said...

People can't imagine how tough the stigma of being an Officer in Jackson is. Those of us who proudly discharge the duties of our profession are constantly ridiculed due to the actions of these crooked individuals. The actions of these individuals are their actions alone and are not a reflection of the rest of us. Let the actions of these crooked individuals speak for the individual and not the PD as a whole.

Anonymous said...

Hey 6:47 -- you guys have got to start weeding the bad cops among you. 6 cops standing around as a thug cop goes all out lawless (often with lethal results) on innocent people is making people who have always had respect and trust in law enforcement start to wonder just what the heck you guys mean when you say "good cop".

We want to support you guys. But, youtube has made it abundantly clear that it is time to get your house in order...and, until then, it is time to stop whining about why the public has so little trust/respect for LE these days.

Grow A Damned Pair! said...

Agreeing with 10:05. I've never been a cop but everywhere I have ever worked, it's often the responsibility of co-workers to get ride of (or expose) the poor performers, slackers, malcontents and position-abusers.

This shit doesn't happen automatically and it's not acceptable for the 'good' to simply whine about their lot in life. Take hold and be in charge of the perception of who and what you are.

Anonymous said...

6:47 - Thanks for all you do!

Anonymous said...

How about the Jackson cops who were caught on video stealing trailers full of equipment. Took a while before anyone would say they were cops even though they drove the same vehicles to work every day. Just shown how much the Jackson cops investigate crimes.
Don't forget the Jackson cop who was caught with bringing in a load of drugs from another state and tried to get the cops who caught them to let them go because they were cops also.
This is just a sample of the cops who have managed to get caught. Imagine how many do not get caught.

Anonymous said...

Wow, 'I Can See Clearly Now,' I couldn't agree more with this: "It's the fault of laws you don't agree with. It's certainly not due to a lack of a moral compass, lack of accountability and responsibility and poor work ethic."

He took money from someone whom he thought was a drug dealer, using the threat of government force without due process. Law enforcement does that every day in this country. His 'crime' was not giving the money to the government. They didn't care that he was stealing from a citizen, they cared that he was stealing from them. It, most certainly is the fault of laws with which many of us do not agree.

Your rulers, just like you, will only care when they become the injured party. Were I, a civilian (how I loathe that term, to force your vehicle to the side of the road, armed and took cash from you with absolutely no evidence of a's robbery. For that officer to have done it...extortion. For that officer to have done it and logged it into evidence...asset seizure/forfeiture. MRAPs don't buy themselves, baby.

Law enforcement reform will not happen in this country until more "I Can See Clearly Nows" get jammed up by some unaccountable law enforcement officer for something they didn't do. And they will, eventually. Once they've finished fleecing

Anonymous said...

10:28 - I have read your post multiple times. Your problem with this is that the government requires money/assets recovered with drug arrests to be turned over to them - do I have that right? If I do, what do you suggest we do with seized assets once there is a conviction?

Anonymous said...

No 1028. Nice try, again, but you've got the chicken and egg crossed again.

What this incident showed was that the cop was willing to use his official position of trust to enrich himself and his partners.

You don't like the fact that he took the drugs and cash cause you don't like the law. It wasn't the cops job to decide what the law should be but to enforce the laws as written, until changed. If he didn't like the law he could have 'been busy' and not made the bust. That wasn't what he chose to do - he chose to 'enforce' the law by doing the bust. But not continue to enforce the law and place the evidence in the public offices but to steal it for his on benefit.

Don't like the law? Fine. Campaign against it. But don't condone public corruption, especially by a law enforcement officer.

Anonymous said...

2:30, the law had nothing to do with the cop. He wasn't thinking about the law against drugs. He was thinking they had some cash he could steal and may have some drugs he could give to friends to sell for him.
Just because this piece of trash was hired by a crooked police dept. does not mean he had an official position. It means he was a criminal.

This Ain't Real Hard... said...

9:23 - WRONG! 'The Law' was part and parcel of his success. He knew damned well how scared people are of being caught, and WHEN caught, how desperate they are to get off. He used the law to his advantage to fleece a suspect who knew his ass was caught. If it were not for 'the law against drugs', he never would have come away with a dime. The law against drugs was the leverage that enabled his criminality.

Anonymous said...

11:39, you are tunnel blind. There are a lot more laws than just drug laws. Getting rid of drug laws will not change the crooked cop. He was scum to begin with and would do the same to any person breaking any law.
You need to take a break from the drugs.

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