Skip to comments.Govt. Misuse - CA Justice Dept. Helicopter Used for Football Drop at High School Homecoming Game
Posted on 02/02/2013 7:35:03 PM PST by DogByte6RER
Justice Dept. chopper used for football drop at HS homecoming
State agents investigate apparent unauthorized use of police helicopter
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) California taxpayers shelled out hundreds of dollars for the apparent unauthorized use of a police helicopter at a high school football game.
The helicopter incident involved a high school homecoming event that top law enforcement supervisors at the Department of Justice knew nothing about, KCRA 3 has learned.
The incident took place last November, when a DOJ helicopter hovered over El Dorado Hills for a homecoming game at Oak Ridge High School.
In a video later uploaded to YouTube, viewers can see an agent perched precariously on the side of the chopper.
As the door opens, the DOJ agent then dropped the ball to a football player waiting on the field.
Why were DOJ agents flying over a football field?
KCRA 3 has learned the agent was dropping the football to his son, a player on the Oak Ridge team.
The agent, the pilot and the Department of Justice helicopter are all state resources, yet DOJ supervisors had no idea the football drop was taking place, KCRA 3 has learned.
I dont think anybody looking at that will see a legitimate public purpose in the use of that helicopter, said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. I think there needs to be a thorough investigation into who authorized this, how much it cost, what was the reason behind this and basically, what were they thinking.
KCRA 3 showed the video of the helicopter incident to Larry Wallace, director of law enforcement for the Department of Justice.
I can confirm that is a DOJ chopper, yes, Wallace told KCRA 3.
Wallace said the launching of the helicopter cost taxpayers between $900 and $1,300 -- not including personnel costs.
The helicopter is normally used for drug busts, Wallace told KCRA 3.
It certainly doesnt strike us that they were using that chopper to pull up marijuana plants out of the middle of the football field, Coupal said.
KCRA 3 asked Wallace for his reaction, upon seeing the video.
It appeared to be a misuse of state property, Wallace told KCRA 3.
Wallace would not provide details of whether anyone from the DOJ approved the ball drop, or who was involved.
However, he did say the DOJ had put new protocols into place because of the incident.
Im going to personally approve any authorized use of that helicopter as we move forward, and thats been put into place, Wallace said.
The Department of Justice wont reveal any details about disciplinary action, but KCRA 3 has learned independently that the special agent involved was put on leave for a substantial period of time.
Got news for you. That little jaunt cost more than “hundreds of Dollars”
I am sure the state of Mexifornia has enough money that a few hundred or even thousands spent making a high school football player feel even more special is money well spent.
Besides if Califonicate needs some more money all they have to do is add a couple of pennies to the wealthy taxpayer’s bill and keep on keeping on. “
Tupelo, Huh! Been there. Elvis home town and the place where the outdoor toilet is the town icon! Seems like I recall that there’s an “Old Coon Dog Cemetery” there too. The worst day anywhere in CA is better than the best day in MS. Better get back to your double wide!
P.S. Never liked waterskiing with water moccasins there either.
Helicopter flyovers for events and memorials are fairly common. Law Enforcement has to do something with their shiny toys paid for at taxpayer expense. Even medical helicopters, partially funded by Medicare and Medicaid get in on the act, kind of flying billboards for their host hospitals. Every time a helo engine cranks, you generate needless wear and tear and maintenance costs on the bird which comes out of our taxes.