Police Sergeant Allegedly Stole Paralyzed Woman's Pain Pills

posted Feb 20, 2018, 7:44 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Diamonique Taylor

     On February 5th, 2018, according to WBOC, in Hagerstown, Md “A police sergeant in Maryland has been charged with stealing prescription opioids from a paralyzed woman after she and a friend caught him on video.”

     Monique Snead said, “ I feel like he feels he was entitled to it because he had that much authority.He probably thought since he was a Sgt. he could do whatever he wanted and get away with it. I think he should be fired and have no pension.”

     “The paralyzed woman reportedly noticed her pain pills missing after Sgt. Christopher Barnett questioned her about an unrelated case.Documents say Barnett returned to her bedside minutes later after she called Hagerstown Police and asked for the name of the officer who stole her medicine. She told him she couldn't afford more pills.” According to WBOC.

      Piajah Johnson said, “ He was wrong for taking the woman’s pills. Either he should bring them back or repay her, if not he should be in prison. It’s not fair taking something someone needs.”

     “He asked what he could do "to make this right," and said he'd be back in 15 minutes.That's when Barnett's friend set up a camera to secretly record the sergeant's third visit. The video allegedly shows him putting four replacement oxycodone pills of a different strength into her hand. The woman also says he gave her $35 in hush money.” According to WBOC.

     “Police Chief Victor Brito says they acted quickly after seeing the video, putting Barnett on leave without pay and having him arrested at his home in Three Springs, Pennsylvania on Thursday.”

    According to WBOC, the Sgt.,  who was  45 years old, was released Friday. He faces up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.


Uploaded: 2/20/18

Edited by: JC