Jessie Alan Fuller, 25, of Pensacola, Fla., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge W. Keith Watkins to 37 months in prison and two years supervised release, the Justice Department announced. Fuller pleaded guilty on April 26, 2012, to one count of conspiracy against rights, a felony, and one count of deprivation of rights under color of law, a misdemeanor. These charges stemmed from Fuller’s stealing money and property from motorists on Interstate 65 in central Alabama while he was a police officer with the Fort Deposit Police Department.
The punishment of 3 years in prison I consider nothing more than a start. Total he made off with about $520 bucks and a GPS. What disturbs me about this though is what if a citizen had actually stood up to him. Legally the citizen had every right to and could have legally used force against the officer. In doing so he could have very likely been killed.
What happened here was the state gave this man a badge, a gun, and qualified immunity to protect him from his victims. His mistake was getting caught, even then he only get 3 years in prison. Accountable would have been 10 years, full restitution, and a financial penalty so severe he could never fully pay his debt.
State Sponsored Criminal #402: Jessie Alan Fuller
Because deprivation of rights under color of law isn’t that big of a deal right? What’s the worst that could have happened because of his actions?