by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Usually drug dealers are the ones doing the robbing, but apparently this recession will make anyone do anything. Yesterday, used-to-be NYPD officer Jorge Arbaje-Diaz was sentenced to 20 years in prison for robbing drug dealers.
Arbaje-Diaz’s attorney tried to get mercy for her client by claiming that he simply saw the robbery as a way to pay his house mortgage that could not be covered by his police officer salary. The Brooklyn judge, Hon. Nicholas Garaufis, said the fact that Arbaje-Diaz was driven to criminal activity because of a variable-rate mortgage is lame and absurd. After all, there are many law-abiding American families in the same position.
Arbaje-Diaz did not make his situation any better by failing to acknowledge or apologize for “blemishing the badge.” Police officers are supposed to be able to be trusted, but his illegal actions do not help that image. To help ensure that other police officers do not engage in such activities, Judge Garaufis dealt Arbaje-Diaz a strong blow. The judge said, “Mr. Arbaje-Diaz, you are the poster boy for a sentence that will deter others from doing the acts you engaged in.” With that, this Dominican Republic native who emigrated at the age of 19 and earned his college degree was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
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