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Wielsch Speaks Out in Police Corruption Case

Former county drug enforcement chief apologizes in Diablo magazine interview.

If you're wondering about the motivations in Contra Costa County's high-profile police corruption case, there's plenty of good reading in the December issue of Diablo magazine.

In "Norm Wielsch: On the Record," Peter Crooks interviews the former commander of CNET (the Central Conta Costa County Narcotics Enforcement Team), .
 
Wielsch agreed to the interview as long as he had a chance to apologize to police officers, the California Department of Justice and "all citizens that trusted me with my position. I violated their trust."

Wielsch, 50, went to College Park High School in Pleasant Hill. His dad ran an auto repair shop in Walnut Creek.

In the interview, Wielsch denied profiting from the Pleasant Hill brothel. He tells the story of how for many years he has been depressed for many reasons, including coping with his daughter's battle with aplastic anemia.

He describes how, while commanding CNET, he became reacquainted with Chris Butler, a former colleague from Antioch police who had become a risk-taking private investigator in Concord.

"When I think about the crazy stuff Butler asked me to do, I can't believe what I went along with," Wielsch told Diablo.

Noelle January 17, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Give me a frickin break...boooo hoooo. Every criminal has a sob story. His is no different than anyone else's except for the fact that he had taken a job as a police officer - sworn to uphold the law. He is nothing but a bully with a badge.
Mark January 17, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Butler did it.
Dick Duncan January 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM
This bad apple should be locked up and the key thrown away. The arrogance of a trusted public servant gone bad is beyond reproach. Way to common these days at all levels of public service. Where the hell were the people in charge of this bum, how did he get away with it for so long?
David Gomez January 19, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Man up! Do the crime do the time..

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