What the Heck Happened to Peck?

vlcsnap-2014-01-29-00h02m19s81In January of 2012 the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) conducted a search at the residence of a 40 year old Police Constable Gino Peck.

As a result, Corporal Peck was busted and charged  with possession of unlicensed firearm, unlicensed ammunition and prohibited ammunition.

In his defense, Mr. Peck claimed that he found the .45 round during a raid in a known gang area and he intended to turn it in as found property.

vlcsnap-2014-01-29-00h01m58s125In relation to 12 gauge cartridges and the .38 ammunition, he claimed it was what remained in his inventory after being assigned to a service shotgun for a police operation in the past.

Nevertheless, the court did not buy it, and as we reported to you yesterday, Corporal Peck, who has been in the department for 22 years, was convicted yesterday at the Magistrates court and could be facing a 5 year sentence.  As we said, it was the GSU which raided Peck’s home and police officers were not too happy about it.

Today, a press release from the Police Department was issued stating that the department is “saddened” and assured the department’s full support for  Mr. Peck.  We spoke to Commissioner Alan Wiley who reiterated the department’s position.

vlcsnap-2014-01-29-21h42m09s5Mr. Allan Wiley- Commissioner of the Police Department

“This incident occurred in 2012 long before I assumed commissionership.  What was done then, I am unable to say.  Now, what has happened, has happened; we will be supporting Mr. Peck in his legal expenses and we have got to learn from this.  Yes, from time to time, police officers do have ammunition in their possession; I believe that the matter could have been handled differently, that our internal disciplinary system was strong enough that if the decision had been taken at that time with the Department to deal with it, we would have dealt with it adequately”.

Plus News got word that a go slow initiative was in effect within the Police Department in objection of the decision made against Peck. Wiley commented.

Commissioner Allan Wiley:  “Indeed, I have gathered that there is a text going around.   I don’t know where it originated from; it could have been  from members of the department or from anyone, but as a disciplined organization, we are not allowed to strike or to go slow, but of course, people have their rights and other ways of exercising.  So, I will be speaking to the various district commanders to ensure that they speak to their personnel and let them be aware their legal rights, what they cannot do, and of course, let them know that the administration is supporting Corporal Peck, but as a law institution, we have got to have respect for the law”.

Corporal Peck’s sentencing takes place on Friday.

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