Ex-Hero Released From Jail Early Because “He’s Depressed”

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Former Hero Bobby Carrillo of the King City Police Department in Northern California has been released from jail after serving less than three months of a one year jail sentence. Monterey County Judge Julie Culver approved his request to serve the remainder of that sentence on house arrest.

In March, Carrillo pled no contest to charges in which he was accused of being the “mastermind” of a scheme involving six cops total, including two chiefs, in which they had low-income and minority residents’ cars illegally towed after stopping them without probable cause in a scheme to profit personally.

By preying on poor people, mostly of Latino background, Carrillo targeted those he knew would be unable to pay the impound fees to get their cars back. Part of the scheme was that for every ten cars his mafia crew stole Carrillo would get to keep one himself.

What was the reason for his early release from the Monterey County Jail you might ask. It was because he was depressed and wanted to go home. Plus, he had lost weight and the other inmates didn’t like him because he is a former cop.

Via KSBW “Action 8 News,” the local NBC affiliate in Monterey County:

A disgraced former King City police officer, Bobby Carrillo, was feeling depressed while serving a 1-year jail sentence and wanted to go home, according to prosecutors

On Thursday, Monterey County Judge Julie Culver granted Carrillo’s request to be released from jail and serve the remainder of his sentence on home confinement.

The judge’s decision surprised and disappointed prosecutors.

“We disagree with the judge. We feel police officers should be held to a higher standard,” Deputy District Attorney Steve Somers said.

Carrillo had been behind bars since April 29, and he served fewer than three months in the Monterey County Jail.

Defense attorney Susan Chapman said Carrillo had lost 30 pounds, his mental and physical health was suffering, and he received death threats.

Being an inmate was especially hard on Carrillo because he was held in a small, isolated cell, where he had very limited contact with other people, Chapman said. Carrillo was held in isolation to protect him from other inmates.

“Mr. Carrillo had been treated harsher than other individuals convicted of the same type of (charges),” Chapman said.

District Attorney Dean Flippo said he had no doubts that Carrillo felt uncomfortable as an inmate because he was a former police officer.

However, “(Carrillo’s) status as a former peace officer cannot be adequate to eliminate jail as an appropriate punishment.

Although jail is a difficult place for former police officers, that should exist as an extra deterrent to violating the law,” Flippo argued in a letter to the judge.

“The defendant has provided no evidence of medical necessity to change his jail sentence. Every inmate can obviously state that he is uncomfortable in jail. Surely this should not be the standard to have a jail sentence changed,” Flippo said.

But Culver sided with Carrillo’s defense attorney

Even the one valid issue of danger from other inmates is just a matter of degrees. When you throw people into an overcrowded cage and treat them like animals they often respond as such. They certainly will be a little more threatening toward someone who played a part in the system that put them in that cage, but other inmates face the possibility of violence also.Of course, anyone who has been to jail or knows someone that has been to jail knows that everyone is unhappy about being there and would rather be sitting at home. It’s also pretty common to lose a bunch of weight from the inedible food that is given to inmates. Some people might even argue that jail being unpleasant is kinda the point.

It looks like these Bad Apples have found yet another way to make sure they receive their Policeman’s Discount whenever the Good Cops are forced (kicking and screaming) to go through the motions of acting like they want to hold them accountable.

“I’m homesick and the other inmates are being mean to me” will likely be taking its place next to “I feared for my life” and “he reached for his waistband/my gun” in their deck of magical get out of jail free cards they keep handy just in case they get caught doing something that creates a lot of publicity and makes it impossible for other cops to just ignore it.

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  1. At least placing a tracker on someone like an animal is a lot cheaper than caging them somewhere where they can get schooled on how to shiv and bugger the other psychopaths more skillfully.

    It would be less crazy to close the barbwired concentration camps funded with our already ruined fiat currency. Every “criminal” should get some variety of this. And then not get rid of the tracker until they’ve made restitution or mitigation.

    How do you not see American prisons are just as full and dysfunctional as the Nazi’s concentration camps.

    Some basics relevant to the cops getting shot in Dallas.

    1) Shooting one cop for what some OTHER cop did is unjustified.

    2) ALL cops are professional aggressors. No, it’s not just “some bad apples.” Any cop that didn’t enforce “laws” against victimless “crimes” would get fired. Even just the dumbasses who write traffic citations commit armed extortion on a daily basis.

    3) The use of DEADLY defensive force is not always necessary or justified, even against someone committing aggression (depending on what they are doing and the circumstances).

    4) While not knowing anything specific about the INDIVIDUAL cops who got shot in Dallas, or what they had done themselves. There is an EXTREMELY high likelihood that all of the cops who got shot had, on many occasions before, threatened brute violence in situations where it wasn’t justified.

    5) It doesn’t seem justified to use force, especially deadly force, based on what someone MIGHT have done.

    6) If there was a non-“government” gang, every member of which committed armed extortion on a daily basis, and someone shot a few of them, would your response be any different than your response to what happened in Dallas? If so, then your view is being warped by authoritarian mythology.

    7) Of course we mundanes wish that people wouldn’t kill each other. However, if we found out that several members of some violent street gang were gunned down, we wouldn’t be that heartbroken, and would think it may very well have been justified. If their gang wore badges and blue uniforms, it would make no difference for those not deluded by the myth of authority.

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