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Police: Cop Caught Selling AK-47 on the Job
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This is BS on so many levels...I'm sure the rifle was NOT automatic! It is completely legal to sell a rifle person to person (residents of the same state). Maybe he was on the clock, maybe not...cops get lunch and breaks also!! The real travesty here is the poor reporting and lack of information in this article!

http://wnep.com/2014/06/19/police-cop-ca...n-the-job/

WYALUSING — A cop in Bradford County has been suspended for allegedly selling an AK-47 out of the back of the patrol car last week.

Laceyville Borough Police Officer Matt Chamberlain was on duty at the time of the apparent gun sale.

“I was shocked, I was shocked. Especially when there’s an automatic weapon involved and the public was exposed,” said Phillip Brewer, the mayor of Laceyville.

After this incident, the mayor of Laceyville suspended Chamberlain without pay.

“It’s one isolated incident, but you have to deal with it. You can’t let this slide,” said Brewer.

People in Bradford County could not believe a cop would sell a gun, on the taxpayers’ dollar.
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#2
I think it's more or less the appearance of impropriety here. Selling a rifle out of the back of the police car, never looks good, even if it is legal.
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#3
Quote:As a result of Chamberlain’s suspension, the Laceyville Police Department is only operating with one officer, the chief.

Based on that, we're talking about a pretty small town where probably not a lot happens. That cop probably has the most boring job ever. Can't blame him for taking 5 minutes to sell a gun.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laceyville,_Pennsylvania

Quote:At the 2000 census[5], there were 379 people, 160 households and 102 families residing in the borough.

Happening place.Dodgy
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#5
If he sold a tv out of his truck would it be news? No, neither should this be. Smells like a set up.

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Quote:"The Laceyville Borough Council will hold a special meeting Friday at the Laceyville Public Library at 8pm to decide officer Chamberlain’s fate."

They suspended him without pay and now will decide his fate, which I think means he may be terminated. So, let me get this straight. In today's America you can shoot and kill unarmed civilians, receive a paid suspension and ultimately keep your job. But if you sell an AK-47 on the job whereby the transaction is lawful (let's assume it's a semi-auto AK) and smooth with no harm done you are suspended without pay and may lose your job.

This is insane and I hope he sues to win his job back if he is terminated.
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Jon Doe;147038 Wrote:
Quote:"The Laceyville Borough Council will hold a special meeting Friday at the Laceyville Public Library at 8pm to decide officer Chamberlain’s fate."

They suspended him without pay and now will decide his fate, which I think means he may be terminated. So, let me get this straight. In today's America you can shoot and kill unarmed civilians, receive a paid suspension and ultimately keep your job. But if you sell an AK-47 on the job whereby the transaction is lawful (let's assume it's a semi-auto AK) and smooth with no harm done you are suspended without pay and may lose your job.

This is insane and I hope he sues to win his job back if he is terminated.

I've seen this repeatedly in articles across the country. If you do something that violates police administrative procedures, you get terminated. Shoot a dog with no good reason, or a civilian, or toss a grenade in an infants crib, paid vacation.
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I am hopeing he makes out ok. But I would be surprised if he does.
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#9
I happen to be a friend of Matt's, and he's been talking to me about what's going on. I can't say exactly whaats going on, but I can say this much:

1. There is no departmental policy barring him from conducting personal business on the clock.

2. The mayor attempted to dissolve the police force when he took office, but found he didn't have the authority. He also is under the impression that municipal PD's authority ends at the borders of the borough, and that a chase out of town would have to be taken over by the staties. He's also an ex-LEO.

3. The mayor has declined to make his contact info public, and does not maintain an official email or phone number, or even have a physical office.

4. A background check was administered previous to the sale.

5. The sale was "caught on film" by a reporter who just happened to be on the scene, which is odd, because the agency doesn't have a local office.

6. Matt has been an active proponent of the 2A; he was instrumental in overturning a preemption violation in McDade Park (Lackawanna County), and was active in other actions throughout Lackawanna County, which didn't endear him to the Sheriff's office or the Scranton PD.

7. Matt chose to become a cop to protect our rights, and has met resistance from the various PD's he's worked for.
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I should add, there will be a council meeting tonight at 8pm, open to the public, at the public library in Laceyville. I have no way of getting there myself; i'd be there in a second if I could. This matter will be a point of discussion tonight.
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