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Sentence cop longer, not less

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I just have to say something. A few days ago I read about the CHP officer who got busted for drug dealing, and then busted again because he tried to hire someone to kill a witness against him in the drug dealing. And the D.A. made a deal with him, and he got three years in prison (Journal, Oct. 4). Three years? For dealing meth and attempted murder? So I asked myself: How long would I go to prison if I was busted for dealing meth and attempted murder? I’m guessing 10 to 15 years. So I guess the reason (Ruben) Salgado got three years instead of 10 to 15 like I would have gotten is because he’s a cop. Wait a minute! He took an oath to uphold the law, and he betrayed that oath. He should get more time than I would, not less. A cop who goes criminal should get more punishment than the average Joe Criminal, not less. I recently heard of a guy who got caught on a video camera stealing another video camera off the same building. It was his third strike and he got 25-to-life. Not that he didn’t deserve it, but I ask you: Who is more of a threat to you and me — the guy stealing the video camera, or the crooked cop who hires someone to murder somebody like you or me who happened to witness his crime? Tom Butz, Colfax