” A Concord police officer has been placed on leave and faces charges of burglary and elder abuse for taking prescription drugs from residents at a seniors complex, prosecutors said Friday.
Matthew Switzer, a 12-year veteran of the Concord Police Department who serves as a K-9 officer, is being held in lieu of $480,000 bail at the County Jail in Martinez. Switzer, who works with a German shepherd named Figo, is on paid administrative leave.
During his first court appearance Friday afternoon, Switzer listened as Judge Bruce Mills read the charges: two counts of first-degree burglary, one count of second-degree burglary, one count of fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs and one count of elder abuse.
Switzer’s attorney, Harry Stern, said Switzer is a “good officer” and “well respected.”
He said Switzer had sustained a neck injury while on the job and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, which led to addiction. Stern did not say when Switzer was injured or what the stress stemmed from.”
How is it that he is allowed to keep his job and his gun if he suffers from PTSD ? If our returning soldiers are to be cast in the light of incompetence by our “betters” in the political class and called a threat to society then surely a PTSD diagnosed cop poses just as much of a threat . Oh wait , the soldiers don’t have a union do they ? Never mind .