Harold Hempstead’s story is that he was recruited by in his early teens by St Petersburg, Florida police as a criminal informant, and was later sentenced to 165 years (five years longer than Bernie Madoff) for nonviolent, mostly fictionalized property crimes by a judge who is now disbarred … after Harold attempted to have serious police misconduct addressed. Harold’s father was deceased, and his mother – who authorized his involvement with the police – was (and is) mentally ill.
This is not a complex matter requiring deep thought: there are far too many people who look younger than they actually are for police to resort to the use of underage individuals in their crime-fighting pursuits; police cooperation to avoid or mitigate criminal prosecution for offenses committed by teens and adolescents should be limited to providing names, locations and known activities of more hardened criminals. It is no more and no less than what is afforded adult jailhouse snitches.
Official Complaint To SPPD On Endangering Children By Employing Them In Police Espionage
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