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MPPD Outrage

By Greg L | 12 January 2007 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 9 Comments

Dave Ruttenberg, like many a good citizen, is willing to provide information to law enforcement when they encounter information regarding a possible crime. That’s a critical part of the partnership between citizens and law enforcement, as police officers don’t hear and see everything that happens. They rely on citizens reporting information to help them start investigations and locate suspects.

Back in 1994, Dave had one of these oppportunities. He was dating a woman who had a sister, fourteen years old at the time, who herself was dating someone who turned out to be a drug dealer. This woman and her sister would tell harrowing stories about this guy moving pound after pound of marijuana through his apartment, and a money laundering scheme that involved shipping sportscars to Mexico with drug proceeds. David didn’t know this guy but was sickened by the stories. And he did what we would hope any good citizen would do with this information. He contacted a Manassas Park police officer by the name of Karen Walker and passed on what he knew.

A signed affadavit explains what happened next:

Karen Walker a Manassas Park Police Officer came over to my house on Scott Drive in 1994. She told my little sister [name redacted] that she knew who told on her boyfriend Pedro for dealing drugs. She said that she wouldn’t tell her directly, but he was a wealthy business man who owned a shop in Manassas Park shopping center. When I heard her say this, I knew who she was talking about. So I went and told David [Ruttenberg] what was said and told him he needed to leave town for his own safety.

Soon after, Pedro Cepeda and his co-conspirator Juan Contreras were arrested. Over 100 pounds of marijuana were seized during the arrest.

There are several theories that could explain what happened. One, the Manassas Park Police Department could possibly be, or have been at the time, corrupt, and were involved in drug dealing, and this was an attempt to supress citizen informants. Or it could be that Dave Ruttenberg was someone they wanted to make life difficult for, and even though he was doing the right thing it was a convenient opportunity to try to drive him out of the area. Few things motivate one to move out of town more than the prospect of convicted drug dealers wirth a grudge. I’m pretty surprised that faced with this, Dave Ruttenberg chose to stand his ground.

Provided that all of this is true, and it checks out by me, this is strong evidence to suggest that of all the dangers that decent citizens in Manassas park face, the Manassas Park Police Department may pose the greatest danger. Not only are they apparently willing to put citizen’s lives at risk, but it is extremely difficult to defend yourself from criminals who can wield the authority of the law.

Tick, tock. Time is running out for Manassas Park officials to start cleaning up this mess before someone else comes in and does it for them. The clock is running…

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  1. a nonny mouse said on 12 Jan 2007 at 7:08 pm:
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    Oh my. Did Karen Walker then live in an apartment in Maplewood Park?

    If so, I knew her from years ago.

  2. Jon said on 13 Jan 2007 at 3:19 am:
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    Ive been reading up on this story and all i can say is that this is insainity! this abuse has been going on for years and nothing can be done? The worst part is that it seems that every available source of help is unwilling to do anything becouse theyre in on it. just goes to prove the cops are just really well connected thugs with even less respect for the law than most criminals.

  3. Anonon said on 13 Jan 2007 at 7:15 am:
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    Jon, it’s people who think like you that disabled and tried to kill my father in the line of duty years ago in California. Like many other cops I have known throughout my life, my father is a good man. I have known a few bad ones, but they have been few and far between. Heck, Greg’s friend Jackson Miller is a cop and now an elected delegate. I doubt Greg thinks Delegate Miller is a thug and I don’t think he will take to kindly to your sweeping generalization.

  4. Golem said on 13 Jan 2007 at 8:03 am:
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    Jon and Anonon:

    What’s going on here is not an attack on cops. Cops, in overwhelming numbers, are hardworking honest Americans who bravely risk unjury and death to protect the American public. They have and deserve the respect of all those involved in attempting to achieve justice in this matter. In fact, David’s sister, a Lieutenant-Commander in the United States Navy Reserve (on active duty in both Gulf wars)is currently assigned, in her reserve capacity, to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. That makes David’s sister a cop!

    This is about defending the rights of all Americans under the Constitution of the United States. It is the position of the Ruttenberg’s that Manassas Park officialdom, including member of the Manassas Park police department, have violated the constitutional rights of the Ruttenbergs. According to the allegations in the Ruttenbergs’ federal suit, MP offials have retaliated against the Ruttenbergs because of complaints made to officials about police harrasment (violation of the 1st Amendmewnt); MP official (and others working for MP) have fabricated evidence with respect to drugs and underage drinking in Rack N Roll and then perjured themselves before the ABC board in order to deprive the Ruttenbergs of their property (Rack N Roll), without due process of law (violation of the 14th Amendment); MP officials (and other working for MP) have conducted an illegal search and seizure at Rack N Roll, knowing in advance that it was illegal (see testimony of the Chief ABC agent at the ABC hearing) by searching and seizing items from David Ruttenberg’s private office during the rediculous 2 June 2004 90 man raid. The reasons they did all of this have been discussed in this and other blogs and I won’t comment further accept to say that much of what is going on now is intended to force that picture into the open and I hope it succeeds.

    I’m sorry about your father, Anonon. I’m sure he is (was) a brave an honorable man. Let’s focus not on cops in general but what is going on in Manassas Park and the opportunity it provides for enhancing the constitutional protections of all Americans.

  5. Jerri said on 13 Jan 2007 at 8:05 pm:
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    I feel sick.

  6. Gary Carson said on 14 Jan 2007 at 5:54 pm:
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    There are very few good cops. Way to many of what many of y’all think of as good cops regularly look the other way when they see cops going bad. That makes them very much not good cops.

  7. Anonon said on 14 Jan 2007 at 7:35 pm:
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    Greg, fortunately for you, good law enforcement officers like my dad, Delegate Miller and Mr. Ruttenberg’s sister do (or did) exist and they take an oath to protect and serve everyone, not just those who like and support them.

  8. Anonon said on 14 Jan 2007 at 7:35 pm:
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    And by Greg, I really meant Gary… Sorry GL!

  9. Loudoun Insider said on 14 Jan 2007 at 7:58 pm:
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    Speaking of bad cops, I can’t wait until Vic Mackey is back on The Shield! Sounds like he’d be right at home in MP.

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