Let me show you a little story.
Behind the bar is Dave Ruttenberg, owner of The Rack & Roll Billiard Club in Manassas Park. He called the police about twenty minutes ago, and they just showed up. In front of the bar is a Mr. Robert Reed, who is being thrown out of the place for trying to use cocaine, and is being surprisingly nice by calmly paying his bill. Behind Mr. Reed is Manassas Park Police Officer Mosher, who has responded to the call, along with another officer by the name of Officer Qasi.
Here you can see that Dave Ruttenberg is a little agitated about all of this. I imagine he’s inviting Robert Reed and his drug buddy Carl Turner to not return, and perhaps to enjoy the time they’ll be spending as guests of the city this evening.
Now Officers Mosher and Qasi are escorting the two suspects out of Rack & Roll. Note that they haven’t yet been searched for drugs or weapons, which I believe is standard protocol.
And here the suspects and the officers exit. The two white cars facing the camera are the officer’s cars. Across the way are two cars which are this evening’s supervisors. The one with it’s lights on is a blue Crown Vic, just like the one Chief Evans drives. Looks like there’s plenty of assistance available for these officers if they need it.
Here the officers seem to be having a conversation with the two suspects. Note they STILL haven’t been searched. No one has come out of the other cars, either. Hmmm.
And now the suspects walk away, without so much as a summons, and having not been searched. Isn’t that absolutely bizarre? And it seems that the Chief of Police is just sitting there watching, just to make sure everything goes right.
The police refused to take physical evidence or witness statements from Dave Ruttenberg or his employees, and the two suspects were never charged with a crime. They walked away after a friendly conversation with a couple of Manassas Park’s finest. What friendly treatment they give to persons suspected of snorting cocaine in public, with lots of witnesses and plenty of physical evidence. And given how calm they appeared to be after getting caught red-handed doing something this utterly stupid and wrong, it sure looks like they weren’t expecting much in the way of consequences for their behavior. Either that, or drug users seem to know something about law enforcement in Manassas Park that the rest of us do not.
I am told that these two fine gentlemen were paid informants of the Manassas Park Police Department. They were sent on one of many similar errands to use or deal drugs in Rack & Roll with other informants or undercover police officers, all of which were directed by the Manassas Park Police Department. If the police department could engage in enough drug activity at Rack & Roll, it sure would create the impression that decent citizens would want to stay away from there, and in effect ruin the reputation of a local businessman. I believe that is exactly what happened.
UPDATE AND CLARIFICATION: In reviewing the stories I’ve done on Rack & Roll in connection to litigation threats from the city of Manassas Park, I’d like to make a couple of clarifications on this article.
The two informants seen in the video tape I believe are private investigators, and one would assume that someone paid them to do what is shown in the video tape, since charity work in this case is a rather remote possibility at best. My assumption is that they were paid by the Manassas Park Police Department, which by all appearances was responsible for coordinating this action. When I said that “they were sent on one of many similar errands”, I am referring to the group of informants who worked for the Manassas Park Police Department and the Joint Narcotics Task Force, not specifically to these two individuals. Other posts which describe the activities of Jeffrey Price, Tom Kifer, Chris Price, Jason Brooks and others provide conclusive evidence to support my opinions in this regard.
I apologize for not being sufficiently clear in this post.
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