Rogue police officer bailed and on the loose

February 6, 2013

slo policShortly after FBI agents arrested a San Luis Obispo Police officer who allegedly stole drugs from the evidence locker, held guns on his victims while stealing drugs under the color of authority and then bribed others to sell the drugs, the officer is out of jail.

Officer Cory Pierce, 38, paid the $25,000 bail and was released. An informant who worked with FBI agents said he was warned late Tuesday afternoon that the rogue officer was on his way back to San Luis Obispo.

The probationer said Pierce manipulated him and his girlfriend into selling or trading drugs for Pierce which they did on about 80 occasions.

Pierce also told the probationer that he could work off a heroin charge if he cooperated, the federal attorney’s office in Los Angeles said in a press release. Pierce would provide the probationer and his girlfriend placebo pain pills to trade for real pain pills or drugs used for heroin addiction.

After the probationer told Pierce the drug dealer he had deceived wanted revenge, Pierce said he would “take care of it,” the press release says. Pierce also allegedly took drugs from drug dealers.

“Pierce pulled over the dealer’s vehicle at gunpoint, seized morphine pills and let the dealer go without making an arrest,” the press release says.

The probationer is considering a restraining order against Pierce in light of the fact he informed against a person who has access to weapons and who is facing 10 years in jail partially based on information he provided. The probationer is currently in hiding and afraid for his life.


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We deserve and expect better than to live our lives under the heavy hand of intimidation and threats by the very people we pay to serve us. I notice the first thing the SLOPD did was to make a statement that he acted alone. I have questions about that statement. You cannot even get pulled over for a traffic ticket without them calling for back up. I don’t know which is worse, admitting he was so clever that he could pull this off, steal from the department, extort money, and fool all of his co-workers for over 2 years or knowing that there are others out there like him. The very system that police officers loathe is saving his rear end. You can bet, he won’t talk to anyone except a union rep and lawyer, pretty sure he won’t be giving up that confession they always say is good for the soul.

Well said, jumping in, well said.

Would this have been a human sacrifice? The Aztecs weren’t the only ones to practice this.

All that power (and benefits) given to them, and they don’t even have to have a formal education!

Someone please explain to me why his assets were not frozen like what happened to the doobie dozen? Is he above the law? He made deals in cash for placebos so that should have been enough. We know he pulled people over at gunpoint and basically committed strong armed robbery. Where is that charge? 25k in bail is such bs. Here goes the good ole boys club again. Any of us “common” folk would be totally screwed in this scenario. Our local da should press additional charges. And Cory, have fun.

Good questions. I guess police officers are different from the rest of us.

If I were the informant, I too would be scared for my life.

OK, so let’s break this down.

Officer Pierce was:

1.)selling illegal drugs

2.)using a firearm while committing a crime

3.)stealing evidence

4.)threatening others

Had a mere mundane citizen been engaged in these types of behavior the mundane citizen would be:

1.)in jail, probably with no bail

2.)forfeiting all assets via seizure laws associated with drug crimes

3.)special enhancement of punishment due to use of firearm in a crime


Has officer Pierce had all his assets seized? That’s what the sheriff does when they arrest a mundane for a drug crime, no matter how small, and no matter the evidence.

I recall the many medical marijuana collective owners who were arrested by Pierce and his fellow officers. Even when the evidence was clear they had done nothing wrong, these people had their assets frozen.

The double standard is disgusting! Ian Parkinson, I demand you treat your criminal officers exactly the same way you treat mundane citizens.

SLO county is still not on the feudal system! You costumed noblemen may have the right to keep and bear arms and enforce the law on us….but when one of your nobles is caught breaking the law, you should treat them as you would treat a mundane citizen.

This is why people despise law enforcement. We’ll be watching this unfold. Shame on you!

I don’t disagree with any of your points generally but Parkinson is only marginally responsible for the situation here. (Pierce was part of a joint agency task force under his general superviision). Pierce was a city cop though so his direct superiors were in SLO City PD. The bust was done by the FBI overseen by a Federal Prosecutor. The court that set his bail was a Federal Court in LA so they are the ones to blame for his being on the loose locally. ( I am guessing that it wouldn’t have been any different in SLO though for reasons you imply.)

Pierce was with the SLOPD for 6 years and appointed by the PD to assist on the SD NTF task force. Parkinson would have been his superior at the SLOPD and known him, possibly even hired him. This relationship extends beyond the SLOSD, it goes all the way back to day one with Parkinson in the picture.

Parkinson was the supervisor; good supervisors take responsibility for the actions of their subordinates. Parkinson was either really trusting or really stupid; I suppose either way, Parkinson is really stupid.

Isn’t equal protection under the law a wonderful thing?

The Gimlet Eye says: 02/06/2013 at 7:49 pm

Isn’t equal protection under the law a wonderful thing?

In realty, only for the rich

If it costs 10% to post bail, let’s say $2500. Would it make any difference if he only had to post $250 to be on the public side of the bars and walk? Drug lords have been known to do buisness while in jail so yes I’d say he’s on the loose, he’s a free man until proven guilty. There may even be a greater sting unknown to the FBI and, who knows, all this bad press may turn into a pay bonus for a job well done by Cory. Who knows?

While I appreciate the need to get his guy off the streets as a “rouge cop,” I think the headline is rather indicative of irresponsible journalism.

To say he is “on the lose” implies that he is some sort of convict that has escaped, when in fact, he has yet to be convicted of anything. Sensationalism like this, is more in line with tabloid journalism.

I agree. Bad choice of words for a headline.

Oh come on, where is your sense of humor? He “bailed and is on the loose” is rather clever and what’s wrong with a little tongue and cheek? Lighten up, the headline isn’t meant to be sensational in my opinion, it’s meant to be fun/funny.

No doubt from the perspective of the ‘probationer’, this headline to be right on target. The FBI did take the time to warn him ( the informant) that this dangerous criminal cop was running free on bail.

I consider CCN’s headline to be a public warning of a police officer with a serious and dangerous lack of judgment, and who may, himself, be an addict, being loose on the streets. He has already shown his willingness to act illegally under the shield of his LEO badge, and was arrested for felony drug sales.

He is a danger to the public, and the public needs to be warned.

Yes, he was, and should have been arrested. However he bailed out legally, and has yet to be convicted of anything (I’m sure he will be eventually, and personally I think the bail was far too low)

The term “On the lose” is nothing more than sensationalism.

“He was freed on bail” would have been the responsible, accurate and appropriate verbiage.

The stories content speaks for itself and serves as a clear warning as to what this guy is ALLEGEDLY capable of doing.

“On the lose” is used to grab one’s attention and in my opinion has no relevancy to the story.

When you get your editor’s badge, get back to us. For someone who continues to misspell “loose” as “lose,” you really have zero room to opine on this subject.

This is probably the first time I’ve ever mentioned someone’s misspelling, but you do it over and over again, and then have the nerve to play editor for the publication upon whose message board you are posting.

Officer Pierce is on the loose [note correct spelling] and he is a rogue cop. You don’t like it? Go talk to Pierce about it. Don’t play prissy-pants editor for the publication that has the balls to print the story.

Tabloids are not free , you have to lay a little money down if you want the story, this is hot fresh news. I imagine there are some police informers who are nervous right about now. This upstanding LE has already used his firearm to settle affairs within his operation someone higher up the org has him out on the street and you are concerned with journalistic styling?

Was at least his gun and badge taken away, as well as a search done to find any other weapons he had at least removed until the outcome of the trial

I agree 100%. To say he “bailed and is on the loose” makes it sound like he bolted and ran from custody.

To those who say that it took the FBI stepping in are not reading or listeningto the news. The FBI was involved because they were requested by the Sheriff to do the investigation, not because no one else could or would.

I’m sure that step was taken in order to stop any accusations that the local LEOs protect and cover for their own.

So, get off their cases. They are doing their jobs.

It took them long enough to do their jobs. There have been drugs missing from the evidence lockers for years. Care to explain how Cory went from the SLOSD to the SLOPD? Who fired/hired him from the SD to the PD and who gave the recommendation that kept him working for LE in SLO? Gonna tell me that Parkinson wasn’t involved there somewhere considering his position at both agencies?

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Pierce is on the loose. He is a rogue LEO. Again, if you don’t like the truth, than go take it up with officer Pierce. You might want to wear your body armor when you do so, however. He’s already settled one beef with a gun.

OMG, 25K bail !! How does this line up with the homeless Austin Sarna, the homeless good samaritan who is being held on 500K?

I really can’t help but believe that Ian Parkinson is behind giving this DANGEROUS guy a special break just like he gave the other NTF outcasts when he hired them after they were disband by the state.


Pierce working as NTF goes bad at Sheriffs department so they hire him into the SLOPD. He goes bad at the SLOPD and it takes the FBI to bring him down and what does Ian Parkinson do next, he lets him out on 25K bail!!!!!!!!!

Yeah, I was wondering why this guy got released on $25K – oh well, the “brotherhood” is alive and well.

Ian Parkinson does not set bail. The county has a bail schedule that they follow and I believe only a judge can change that. Ian Parkinson had nothing to do with that. Sounds to me if it weren’t for Ian he would not have been arrested.

Then why did it take the FBI?, if Sheriff Parkinson was on top it, the arrest would have happened without FBI, or it would have just been help from, instead it sounds like the FBI was in the lead and the Sheriff’s department stood back and watched

The trib reported that the Sheriffs department called in the FBI to handle it.

Oh, and the Tribune is a unbiased source and never gets anything wrong….

How about KCOY 12 and Fox 11? Are they also wrong?

Did all those outlets just use the same press release sent out by the Police department? Any reason a police department would construct a press release to deflect an issue in their favor? Since KCOY 12 and FOX 11 out source their news department to Salinas, likely they did very little investigation and just used the press release sent out by the SLOPD.

“press-release journalism,” gotta love it.

No, but they do tend to follow the lead of the Trib.

Remember, if it had been up to the Trib, Lisa Solomon would still be police chief in Paso Robles.

True and the bail chart is based on the severity of the charges and they obviously didn’t include any of the more serious charges when determining bail. For instance, I’m certain that they couldn’t possibly have included the “armed robbery” in the commission of a drug crime and come up with only 25K, in light of all the other charges like stealing evidence from the LE locker which is a serious crime against the state. They obvious decided to pick and choose which charges would be applied when determining his bail.

SO YES, The Sheriffs do initially set the bail.

They did not! The FBI handled the case as well as the arrest. DA’s determine charges.

“They did not!”

You’re so funny, you made me start laughing.

Whatever, I don’t know how the bail was set, I just know that something seems very wrong with the low amount in consideration of the charges. That, and I know how much Parkinson likes and supports the rogue NTF guy’s, especially the group that breaks the law and say things like “what ever the AG say’s don’t mean shit”.

The guy was charged only with bribery so far and I’m sure that was the FBIs call. They will only file charges that they are confident that they can prove.

“He was taken into custody without incident at the FBI’s Santa Maria office and charged with one count of bribery in a criminal complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

Read more here:

Thanks for taking the trouble to use facts and not speculation. It MAY get worse but we don’t know enough yet to say that for sure.

The Distract Attorney’s job is to protect the administrators, managers and agencies of the County. It is their job to do what they can to decrease the liability for the county.

It is not their job to protect the citizens or any other high-minded ideal.

Cindy, you really are clueless.

Don’t you pay any attention to the other news sources?

He was arrested and charged by the FBI not Parkinson and was arrained in Los Angeles where the Judge set the bail.

Parkinson should speak out and say the bail was too low. Must be some unwritten secret code of law enforcement types.

When you dance with the Devil…..

Where is Mr “Spin Doctor” Cipolla on this one?, it should be good

Plus why is the bail so low for a person accused of crimes involing money, he probably made $25,000 in less than a month from his drug business

It’s a lot worse than about money. The money isn’t the scary part of it all.

Think….fraternal. As in good old boys (and girls). Reflect on the recent past just here in this county and it will become quite clear.

Remember the CHP officer that was found to be drunk in his police car in Atascadero? What about Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? Or officer Mallory? Or Mason?

If you really want to see an example:

A California Highway Patrol officer charged with felony DUI in connection with a January chain-reaction crash gave up her right Wednesday to have a preliminary hearing and is scheduled to begin her trial on Jan. 15.

Doreen Bernice Shaw, 42, a 17-year CHP veteran and Redding resident, is charged with two counts of felony DUI with injury, one misdemeanor count of resisting or obstructing officers and a series of enhancements.

Shaw, who has pleaded not guilty, waived her right to the hearing based upon a plea bargain offer that remains open, said Redding attorney John Kucera, who represents her.

That offer is to plead guilty or no contest to driving with an 0.08 percent or more blood-alcohol level causing injury, he said.

In exchange, she would be placed on probation and her felony conviction would be reduced to a misdemeanor once she successfully completed it, he said.

The criminal charges against Shaw, who remains free on her own recognizance, stem from a Jan. 14 four-car wreck on South Bonnyview Avenue while she was off duty.

Who do you think was the author of the self-serving press release from the County SD?

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