(Editor’s Note: This series will be highly controversial, and the privacy of the article’s subject has demanded to remain nameless for their safety and respect for their family. The only attorneys present for this series of interviews are employed for McManus and Amadeo, and non-disclosure agreements have been signed).
What if I told you that there was once an individual that was a police officer across different counties in Michigan, and that individual broke the rules. In fact, not only did they break the rules, they were taught to do so. During their career, which was on paper a successful one, they did many things they are now ashamed of. The individual did something that would most of us to felony prosecutions. And if I told you that the individual did so in unison with prosecutors in their county, would be you believe me? As for the individual, they are highly conflicted. Still, they have agreed to discuss their career, life, and this topic at length under two conditions. The first condition is that everything they say is protected and only to be utilized for this blog. The second is that the only people who can be present are me (Carly McGregor and McManus and Amadeo, which include: Matthew McManus, William Amadeo, and Jennifer Kelley. Non-disclosures have been agreed to. This individual’s revelation will lead to civil litigation regardless of when such disclosure would ever occur. With that, we present to you the first in a series of blogs entitled “Confessions of a Crooked Cop.” CM=Carly McGregor; Officer=subject.
CM: Good morning. How are you today?
Officer: Not great, but thank you for asking.
CM: Can you tell us what you have agreed to share with our audience?
Officer: Bill (Amadeo) is somebody that my family owes a lot to. So, we asked Bill if there was anything that he wanted after we retained him was over. Bill said he wanted to know them inside what happens in the county where I worked, or counties I should say. I was hesitant, but I felt that I owed him, so here I am. Thankfully we did make the switch to Bill.
Amadeo: If you’re not comfortable, we can stop at any time. I know this is a challenging situation. I’m aware that defense lawyers, police, and society need to repair many things right now. Still, I wanted you to teach me and other things that can happen. You’re under no obligation so let’s be clear on that.
Officer: And you were under no obligation to take my child’s case when he was facing life in prison and working with us financially. I owe you; my entire family owes you, and I wouldn’t be here if this were not the right thing to do.
CM: So you have agreed to discuss various topics, and today this is an overview. Can I start by asking some simple questions?
CM: What county or counties did you work in?
Officer: So I’m not going to answer that as I do not want to put anybody under the microscope. I worked in counties where Bill Amadeo works, and I’ll leave it at that.
CM: Ok, but he works in a lot of different counties.
Officer: Next question.
CM: Why do you agree to let three lawyers and a journalist into your secret world?
Officer: If you asked me this before my child was falsely charged, the answer would be I would not discuss these topics with anybody. After what my family went through, after what we endured, and after almost seeing an innocent kid do life in prison for something he didn’t do, I certainly have a change of heart on many things that I have been taught and what I stand for.
CM: Can you briefly tell me what happened with your son?
Officer: My son was accused of raping somebody.
CM: What did you tell your son when the accusation came out?
Officer: I took him to the sheriff’s department. I told him to tell the officer the truth, and things will be ok. He offered to take a polygraph test; he was very cooperative.
CM: And what happened?
Officer: They pretended that they would show respect for my son because of my career. They took him into an interrogation room for hours; they then asked if we would do the polygraph.
CM: Was there any physical evidence against your son?
CM: What did happen?
Officer: My son had sex with this young woman. It was consensual. They had been having sex off and on for a while. She claimed that even though they had consensual sex many times, he raped her.
CM: Why didn’t you have a lawyer at that point?
Officer: I truly believed that innocent people do not need lawyers. I don’t have that belief system any longer.
CM: What exactly did your son tell the police?
Officer: He said that he had sex with this young girl, consensually.
CM: How old was your son?
Officer: At the time, he was 17.
CM: How old was the girl?
Officer: (deep breath). Two weeks before her 16th birthday. They were in the same high school together.
CM: What happened after the interview?
Officer: The sheriff’s office said we had nothing to worry about; the story made sense.
CM: What happened next?
Officer: The police came to my house two weeks later. They had a warrant for my son’s arrest. He was charged with three counts of CSC 1 force or coercion.
CM: And this is after they told you that everything would be fine.
Officer: (Sobbing) Yes.
CM: Ok, so I’m going to ask something that may touch a nerve. Your son, is he in prison today?
Officer: no, thank God.
CM: Is he in jail?
Officer: Thanks to Bill, no.
CM: Why are you crying? This is a good thing, yes?
Officer: I’m crying because I did this technique as a police officer many times. I didn’t care about guilt or innocence. If somebody came in for an interview, they were guilty in my mind. I subjected my son to the same techniques that I used many times.
CM: How many people do you think may have been innocent that you played a role in locking up?
Officer: I don’t know, and that’s not a fair question.
Amadeo: Actually, it is a fair question. You saw things differently when your son was falsely accused. Before that, you didn’t. You do not have to do this, but the question is extremely fair.
Officer: Ok, Bill, yes, are you happy? I probably played a role in innocent people going to jail and prison because I didn’t do all of my homework.
Amadeo: And you know what, I’m certainly played a role in guilty people going free and thankfully I have played a role in protecting the innocent. As for you, you also played a role in protecting the community correctly many times, so we all make mistakes. We need to work as a team to fix things. I’m sorry you are uncomfortable; it was a fair question.
CM: What happened when they picked your son up and arrested him?
Officer: He was taken to a video arraignment. He pled, not guilty, and he was given a bond.
CM: How much was the bond.
Officer: $100,000 cash.
CM: Did your son have any prior criminal history?
Officer: My son is a good kid who had consensual sex with a girl he was in high school with. He never committed any crime, including the fuc*ed up thing they lied about in this case!!!
CM: Did you have the money for the bond?
Officer: I tapped into my 401K and got him out.
CM: What happened next?
Officer: We went to visit several lawyers, big names, etc. Bill Amadeo was one of them.
CM: What happened there?
Officer: We didn’t have the money any of them wanted. I had financial issues at this point. My wife had some money, but it wasn’t right.
CM: So, what happened next?
Officer: Bill stayed in touch with me. He gave me some free advice. He told me to get my boy a sexual evaluation and gave me the name of someone he respected. He told me to get a private polygraph done.
CM: What were the results?
Officer: The eval said that my son was not a predator. The polygraph displayed that he was telling the truth. So we gave this to our lawyer.
CM: And who was your lawyer.
Officer: I don’t want to go there.
Officer: Because the lawyer we had didn’t believe in my son. He told me that my son should take a plea. If we listened to the other attorney, there was a sentencing agreement for 12 years in the Michigan Department of Corrections.
CM: Did you ever consider taking it?
Officer: Yeah….., yes, I did, we all did.
CM: Why would you take a plea for an innocent kid?
Officer: Because 12 years gets him out at 30, and if we lost at trial, he would never come home. I hate myself for this?
CM: Why do you hate yourself for this?
Officer: Because I cannot tell you how many times that I said to an innocent kid that they better take a plea as opposed to risking a trial. I do not know how many innocent kids that I played a role in doing to what my son endured. I cannot forgive myself for that, and this is why I have agreed to these interviews.
Matt McManus: Did you ever play a role in prosecuting a case where you knew someone was innocent?
Jennifer Kelley: Did the prosecutor know those individuals were innocent?
Officer: Yes (crying).
Officer: We, me and specific prosecutors, that even though the evidence wasn’t there in this case, they must have done other crimes, so we were doing our job.
CM: How do we know that your son is truly innocent?
Officer: Well, no DNA, he passed a polygraph, he had a good report on the sexual evaluation.
CM: Let’s talk about the polygraph. You said he passed.
Officer: Yeah, he passed a private test and then a police test.
CM: Did the prosecutor know this?
CM: Why wasn’t the case dismissed.
Officer: After the test, the polygrapher, who worked for the Michigan State Police, kept my son in the room for 4 hours. The officer got my son to write down that he did have sex with the girl; he drank liquor and smoked weed together. The officer said that even though my son passed, the prosecutor should know that my son, 17, has drinks and pot at 15 years old. The prosecutor amended the charges to say that my son got her intoxicated and forced her to have sex.
CM: What happened then?
Officer: The prosecutor amended his charges and asked that my son’s bond be revoked, and the judge allowed it. I need to stop right now. What I can say is that getting a kid to a polygraph was one of my specialties.
In our next piece, we will discuss the polygraph process and how officers and prosecutors can utilize the tool. While we are in a state of concern for relations between prosecutors, defense lawyers, and police officers, the information provided may save future prosecutions and potentially play a role in prosecuting the guilty and not just anyone where a request for charges is made.
Carly McGregor has been a ghostwriter for many years and is currently working on her Juris Doctorate and has published many articles across social media and print work.