The treasurer of the New Bedford police union has pleaded guilty for stealing nearly $48,000 from union coffers. After a federal investigation, the charges were brought against the New Bedford police union’s treasurer. The plaintiff, Zahkuan Bailey-Sweeting, was 18 years old at the time of the incident. She claimed her rights under the Fourth Amendment were violated. She was sitting in the back of the car without making a sound, and a police officer allegedly pulled her over after noticing her behavior. She also claimed that the officers were acting on a hunch and didn’t have probable cause.
The badge appears to be real, and a New Bedford police spokesperson confirmed that the badge was a police officer’s. The spokesperson didn’t know how the badge got away from the former officer. Badges that are lost are rarely returned. However, the incident has caused some confusion. Hundreds of people have expressed their surprise.