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Seattle Police Officer Commits Suicide After Drug Arrest

SEATTLE – A Seattle police officer who was arrested for possession of cocaine Thursday morning committed suicide after he was released from jail.
The body of Officer Richard F. Nelson, 50, was found on the John Wayne Trail near Rattlesnake Lake with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Seattle Police said.
Just hours earlier, Nelson was arrested and booked into the King County Jail after police officers in the Rainier Valley area provided him with an unknown amount of cocaine.
Nelson was pulled over in his personal vehicle and arrested following the end of his shift.
Nelson was the subject of an internal investigation within the department called an "integrity test," said Seattle Police Chief John Diaz, after concerns surfaced that narcotic evidence was not being handled properly by Nelson.

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everyone fucks up. it isn't the end of the world.

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Re: Seattle Police Officer Commits Suicide After Drug Arrest

by KING 5 News
Posted on January 5, 2012 at 5:12 PM
Updated yesterday at 9:43 PM

SEATTLE – A Seattle police officer who was arrested for possession of cocaine Thursday morning committed suicide after he was released from jail.

The body of Officer Richard F. Nelson, 50, was found on the John Wayne Trail near Rattlesnake Lake with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Seattle Police said.

Just hours earlier, Nelson was arrested and booked into the King County Jail after police officers in the Rainier Valley area provided him with an unknown amount of cocaine.

Nelson was pulled over in his personal vehicle and arrested following the end of his shift.

Nelson was the subject of an internal investigation within the department called an "integrity test," said Seattle Police Chief John Diaz, after concerns surfaced that narcotic evidence was not being handled properly by Nelson.

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"I can't let those things go, they have to be followed through," said Diaz.

Nelson was arrested at 4:16 a.m. and released on his own recognizance at 4:48. His service weapon was taken away, and he was driven home by command staff.

Nelson, a 22-year veteran, was hired in September of 1990 and worked in the South Precinct. He previously worked as a bicycle officer in the Rainier Valley. He has two teenage children.

"Officer Nelson was a good man, he was a good officer," said his former partner, Officer Brian Gunther. "Being a partner for nine hours a day in a patrol car or riding bicycles together, you share a bond that very few people can understand."

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"This is a tremendous tragedy, we have a lot of officers who are grieving," said Deputy Chief Nick Metz, Deputy Chief of Operations. "He was a friend to many."

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn stressed that Nelson was a member of the community, despite alleged faults.

"This is a human being who is fallible, who had a drug addiction, apparently, and that can strike anybody," said McGinn.

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Officials would not say whether this is the only "integrity test" ever conducted within SPD, but said they are rare.

Diaz said he requested an audit of all narcotics incidents Officer Nelson has been involved in.

SPD does not conduct random drug or alcohol testing of officers and employees.

Public records indicate Officer Nelson earned $99,183 in 2009.

News of the internal investigation comes after the Seattle Police Department was admonished last month by the U.S. Department of Justice, saying Seattle police have engaged in a pattern of excessive force and the department had an inadequate systems of supervision and oversight . DOJ ordered the department to implement a number of reforms.

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Re: Seattle Police Officer Commits Suicide After Drug Arrest

What is an 'integrity test?'
by JIM FORMAN / KING 5 News
Posted on January 5, 2012 at 9:00 PM
Updated yesterday at 10:06 PM

SEATTLE -- Shy of the tragic outcome of Officer Rick Nelson's suicide, Seattle's top police brass said in this case the system of police policing themselves worked.

It's called an "integrity test," a sting operation, carefully orchestrated to bait an officer. They can be risky and very dangerous and in this case, Nelson took the bait--a bag of cocaine.

The script was simple, a routine call that someone found a purse along a South Seattle street in it a bag of cocaine.

If all had gone according to policy and procedure, the purse and cocaine would have been booked into evidence here in the South Precinct.

A team of undercover investigators kept a close eye on Nelson, the cocaine was never entered into evidence.

As he was driving home, Nelson was pulled over, and police found the cocaine.

Word of trouble surrounding Nelson surfaced in July when officers were told to keep an eye on him. Officers noticed he had an unusually keen interest in drug arrests--that weren't his own, and would volunteer to book drugs into evidence.

The concerns were passed up the chain of command to the chief, who ordered the investigation. It all was a secret and complex set of maneuvers which required Nelson, who usually worked with a partner, to be on patrol alone.

The pieces fell into place Wednesday night. An investigator from an outside agency planted the drugs in the bag and turned it over to Nelson.

And now police are scrambing to see how far back the drug skimming may have gone on.

"We have asked for an audit off all of the officer's involvement in any found property or any narcotic related events he may have been involved with the last couple years just to determine whether or not there may have been a pattern there," said Seattle Deputy Chief Nick Metz.

"Integrity tests" are considered controversial by many, seen as a legal entrapment, but more and more departments are using targeted stings.

Some like New York City perform random and routine "integrity tests."

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Saw that on the news last night. What a shame. Most of Seattle cops are crooks anyway.

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Many officers struggle with getting help
by NATASHA RYAN / KING 5 News
Posted on January 5, 2012 at 9:34 PM
Updated yesterday at 10:08 PM

SEATTLE -- After Officer Rick Nelson was arrested, Seattle Police Department says command staff offered him resources to get help for his substance abuse problem--a problem many officers find so difficult.

First responders deal with a lot of trauma and when it gets to be too much, Dr. William Singer says sometimes, officers turn to alcohol and drugs. He frequently sees it but says they're so afraid of losing their jobs they won't get help.

When former police officer, Sean Riley, heard about Nelson, he understood.

"I know exactly where he was at. I know exactly the steps of what happened and what was going on," said Riley.

Riley's addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol ended his career. When he was addicted, he too thought about suicide.

Dr. Singer says it can be especially hard for public safety officers to reach out and very few do it.

"Once the person talk about it, threshold of pain begins to diminish," said Dr. Singer.

Singer says that pain a lot of times comes from the guilt of committing the very crimes the officers arrest people for.

"It's horrible you're in a hypocritical situation and you know you are," said Riley.

Both men point out that officers are human and capable of making mistakes.

"They save lives...police officers and uniformed officers. We need to save theirs," said Dr. Singer.

To accomplish that, Dr. Singer says it's imperative departments educate and check up on the very people whose job is to deal with trauma on a daily basis.

"The kind of program that I need thinks to happen is more preventative, before the crises, the longer the person is exposed to trauma, the more critical, devastating the results happen to me," said Dr. Singer.

Riley wants people to realize there is hope, just reach out for help.

"You'll have have the career you want, the life you want and more importantly you'll have the family you want," said Riley.

Seattle police say Nelson showed no signs of being suicidal.

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