Tuesday, August 28, 2007

officer z had the freedom to do as he pleased

Authorities detail drug case against Patrolman Zvonko Sarlog - cleveland.com -- Here's a story, at the link, about a young guy who only wanted to be known as "z" and who ran his own game, in our back yards and our alleys over here in the second police district, with impunity, perhaps with immunity. The only other parallel would be the banks and the mortgage lenders, and their TPAs. They all do as they please, unsupervised and unchallenged, and get away with stripping the equity and the value from our communities. It's time for a financial payback, on top of the usual incarceration.

This z character was actually sort of mock-comical. I remember his showing up driving his police cruiser down our narrow driveway to check on the health and welfare of a well-known neighborhood sociopath, a lady who's been dodging laws and decorum since her husband died in 1990; he tried to deputize me as one of his little helpers in keeping an eye on "suspicious activity;" he assumed I was a simpleton who wanted to cozy up to police saviors. He was actually probably keeping an eye on competing, low-grade criminal enterprise.

He should have realized that the most suspicious activity I had seen lately was a police car driving down that driveway to visit Miss Judy. The rest of them parked on the street and usually advanced in pairs, tactically. He was like a visiting relative.


  1. at the risk of taking an unpopular position (imagine that), i must remind you that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty. the PD article seems to indicate that he was never caught buying, selling, attempting to buy or attempting to sell anything. it seems that the case hinges on his having picked up some money. did he know what the money was for? that is the question that will have to be answered in a court of law. we'll see. he wouldn't be (if he hasn't done anything illegal) the first police officer falsely accused of wrongdoing.

  2. I'm still trying to find out from the street whether this is a good bust. Whether it is or not, z operated solo and unsupervised; what I'm trying to indicate is that there were signs for a long time that he was "exceptional." Whichever way this goes down, he was not a "normal" policeman, if there is any such thing.