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Your voice: The Kaczmarek cases

By Mark Robarge
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
| 3 comments

The admission of ex-Schenectady police chief Greg Kaczmarek and his wife to drug charges is certainly one of the biggest local stories of the year, and the response from the public has been swift.

The comments posted on several of our Kaczmarek stories on DailyGazette.com have expressed not only disappointment over the actions of the former chief, but anger with what many feel is a sweetheart deal. Here's what mikelieman had to say:

I can't believe, when the DA needed to send a message about the duties of those who have sworn Oaths, they wussed out and gave the Kaczmareks a pass.

They should never have given them a plea deal, and prosecuted these people who have VIOLATED THE PUBLIC TRUST to the fullest extent of The Law.

Summer argues that prosecutors could and should have gone farther with their sentence in at least one way:

I think that part of Kaczmarek plea a agreement should have also included he would not be able too collect his pention or any other money from schenectady county.

Moeluv argues that the Kaczmareks didn't get off easy and points out that while this is just the latest example of criminal activity that reflects poorly on the Schenectady Police Department, he is hopeful that this and other convictions will send a powerful message:

I think that it is a shame that so many police officers have been convicted of crimes in a city of Schenectady's population. I hope that the authorities continue to weed out the bad apples. It seems that these officers have been taught that anything goes. To have a Chief of Police admit in court for his role in a drug organization is terrible. Finally I would like to say to all those that believe the ex-Chief and his wife got off easy, the constant is the felony convictions not the jail time. I feel sorry for Schenectady and all of its citizens because its a city that will never light and haul the world again.

Johnny offers an interesting thought on the nature of cops and criminals:

What a shame. I guess you can't trust the police, can you? In order to be a cop, you have to be on the same brainwave of the criminals. The line is right there, a thinly veiled between cops and robbers. Unfortunately, the cops often cross over to the bad side, or abuse their power so much that it is, in essence, crossing the line. Sadly, he gets just two years in prison.

What do you think? Your comments are welcome on any story or blog entry on DailyGazette.com.

ADDENDUM: By the way, for those critical of the DA for his handling of the case, we should point out that the Schenectady County District Attorney's Office played absolutely no role in the prosecution of this drug ring. Prosecution was handled solely by the state Attorney General's Office.

 
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December 4, 2008
9:04 a.m.

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whatshisname says...

I called it right, long ago, when I said he will get off easy and now look: the sweetheart deal of the century!

December 5, 2008
7:05 a.m.

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toughgirl165 says...

TO THE PUBLIC,THE CHEIF AND HIS WIFE AND THEIR FAMILY ARE VERY GOOD PEOPLE,THEY WOULD GIVE THEIR
SHIRT OFF THEIR BACK TO SOMEONE IF NEEDED AND WHAT ABOUT THE CHEIF HE HAS CANCER WILL HE GET HIS TREATMENT, MOST OFF ALL THEY GOT WITH WRONG PEOPLE THEY ARE HUMAN AND MADE A MISTAKE TOO THEIR GRANDCHILDREN,THAT ARE SUFFERING MUCH,THEY SHOULD OF GOT 5 YRS PROBATION BEING HE IS SICKLEY,AND SUPERVISED SO HE CAN GET MEDICAL TREATMENTS,AND WHAT A FAMILY MAN

December 6, 2008
7 p.m.

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vegasnick949 says...

The Chief, and yes I spelled it correct, and his wife have been using cocaine for quite some time now. Not only has he been seen by numerous people in local establishments high as a kite while he was a CHIEF, it continued after he got out of law enforcement. I find it very sickening that someone of his stature was part of what has defaced and disgraced the city of Schenectady for years. It has only gotten worse, not better. I left the city some years ago and while being as far away as I was I heard about all of the police officers that went dirty and it didn't surprise me one bit, as a large part of that force has been corrupt for several years. If it wasn't for the state troopers Schenectady would be a lot worse off. Recently been back to visit, shocked at how run down and depressed looking that city now is. Get some real people in those high powered positions to get off their butts and start making a change. Get rid of the hoodlums, dealers and prostitutes and clean up that hell hole. As for the family man you speak of that spent years locking people up behind bars for doing the same thing, is nothing more than a criminal himself. The tax payers must feel great that they still have to pony up the dollars to pay his pension. What a joke!!

 

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