Intolerable Police Conduct
(This is reprinted from the January 18-25, 1979 Lancaster Independent Press. This was the beginning of a series on Daniel Krushinski, a drug informant used by the Lancaster Police in over 30 drug busts in 1978. This is not one of my proudest moments but we were desperately trying to bring attention to a tremendous injustice. I am extremely proud of the wrap-up article that will be published here this Friday, The Krushinski Story Six Month Simmering Scandal. How did the Lancaster Newspapers cover this? Coming
One other note, I am told that the Franklin & Marshall College Library has a complete set of copies of the Lancaster Independent Press.)
This is intolerable police conduct, a Lancaster defense lawyer told LIP concerning the police use of Daniel Krushinski as an informant.
Krushinski the name is becoming the center of controversy in Lancaster. The Krushinski question was first brought to public attention in LIP (Nov. 16-22). At that time the paper printed the police record of Krushinski, the informant in many of the over 30 drug busts in October.
Since that was published, four cases have gone to court and raised serious questions concerning the use and credibility of Krushinski.
The Supreme Court has ruled than an informant may be used in such cases, however, they also ruled that it is intolerable conduct for the police to deal in both ends, in-other-words, to supply the drugs that they then buy.
Indications that the Lancaster police may have done this have arisen. And evidence in one of the trials strongly indicated that Krushinski used his cover as an informant to deal privately in drugs.
The question of how much Krushinski was and is being paid has never been answered. Krushinski testified in court that he could not remember how much he had received, but did state that payment was on a ten percent basis in cash.
As one defense lawyer pointed out, being paid on such a commission basis provides incentive to set up phony buys and bust innocent individuals.
Krushinski reportedly brags that in 1978, while unemployed, he made $1,000 a week by busting friends. Will he pay taxes on it?
LIP has also learned from a reliable source that he still receives $100 a week from the police for expenses while he testified that he still owes over $1,000 in fines resulting from previous convictions. He is also still up for trial for simple assault in a case that has been repeatedly continued from court term to court term.
One woman who came to LIP to tell of Krushinskis violence and threatening manner said, I dont believe things like this should be allowed to happen in the name of the police. Somebody should do something.