Citizens Rally After East Bay Express Exposes Allegations Against Cop

april 14, 2006  12:25 pm
A Wednesday meeting of the Berkeley Police Review Commission was attended by protesters demanding an in-depth investigation into alleged misdeeds by Sgt. Cary Kent, according to the Berkeley Daily Planet. Kent was placed on administrative leave in January under suspicion of stealing drugs from police evidence, a fact that was made public in an April 5 East Bay Express article by Will Harper. Kent was first suspected because of poor hygiene and a tendency to fall asleep at his desk; a subsequent investigation of the drug vault showed "at least 181 evidence envelopes had been tampered with," Harper revealed. The Commission could not discuss the case at its Wednesday meeting because it was not on the agenda, although members of the public made statements during the comments period.