posted by July 16 at 16:40 PMon
In February, OPA investigators interviewed SPD officer Michael Tietjen in reference to George Patterson’s complaint that Tietjen and Officer Gregory Neubert had roughed him up and planted drugs on him during a January arrest.
Throughout the OPA investigation óand subsequent OPARB investigation and OPA do-overó the police department has repeatedly attacked Patterson’s credibility, labeling him as a hard core drug dealer.
It looks like SPD might’ve been trying to damage Patterson’s rep even further, when they conducted an undercover buy-bust operation, a month after he filed a complaint with the OPA.
During an interview with OPA Sergeant Woolery, Tietjen dropped this previously unreported gem:
Woolery: Have you contacted Mr. Patterson since the [January 2nd] incident?
Tietjen: Yes I have. A couple of nights ago, I was working undercover trying to buy narcotics and I approached Mr. Patterson and asked him if he would sell me narcotics.
Woolery: Did he?
Tietjen: He didnít.
Woolery: Was he engaged in any activity that would cause his arrest?
Tietjen: That night?
Woolery: That night.
Woolery: Did you arrest him that night?
One more thing: Tietjen was also one of the officers involved in the controversial Tasering and arrest of DV-One.
Man, I’d love to have that kind of job security.