We posted in facebook a couple of times last month about Ex-Lt. Rick Van Galder of the Mesa Police Department. He was the Super-Extremely arrogant cop busted for a Super-Extreme DUI who became outraged that Gilbert P.D. officers were arresting him. He sounded like he was having delusions of grandeur as he slurred, “I literally have 140 cops that would right now be in ‘awe’ and answer every question I say with ‘yes, sir.'” Van Galder’s demands for a little “professional courtesy” did not impress the arresting officers and by the time Van Galder entered Scottsdale Jail to serve his 3 day sentence, his potentially deadly behavior had already cost him his job. You would think that local law enforcement would have wanted nothing to do with this creep.
Instead, staff in the Scottsdale Jail, as NBC 12 News reported, rolled out the red carpet for a man they truly saw and treated as a VIP. They were determined to give Van Galder professional courtesy he desired. Free roam, fast food, even a conjugal visit were provided with his stay. There is even talk that he may have gone out drinking when he should have been sitting in his jail cell.
Now three of the men responsible for Van Galder’s whereabouts during his prison stay, Lieutenant Jeff Landrum , Sergeant Kris Keilich, and Detention Sergeant Don Vogel are suspended and the investigation is still ongoing.
Van Galder cited the Thin Blue Line of respect during his arrest. But in his wake, several other confused men are learning crossing that line can destroy your career and bring embarrassment to everyone you worked with.