Police Suspect No Foul Play when Dead Man is Found in River

Because why would anything about a body shot in the head, wearing a backpack full of rocks, suggest foul play?

I understand if you don’t have the almost ten minutes right now to watch this video. But let me tell you about it below:

On June 27, 2014, the body of 20-year-old Andrew Sadek, a promising electrical student at the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) in Wahpeton, North Dakota, was pulled from the Red River bordering North Dakota and Minnesota.

Missing for two months, the young man was found shot in the head, wearing a backpack filled with rocks.

The grisly death of a college student in one of the safest towns in the state, where violent crime is extremely rare, did not lead to a sweeping investigation. In fact, police immediately said they did not suspect foul play.

Right, because nothing about this scenarios seems suspicious at all. Foul play would be the last thing any rational person would suspect.

What is amazing about this is not only whatever motive the police had for pretending there was no reason to fear foul play, but that they believed they could get away with that pretense and the public would allow it.

[See also, “Liberty Dies A Little Bit More in Tennessee Thanks to The Drug War.]

The truth was that the police had intentionally put Sadek in harm’s way as they have been doing with many other students.

Such a supposition strains credulity as it is, but what would be slowly revealed over the following months is that Andrew had been working as a confidential informant for the police, and that his school knew that authorities were busting its students and using them as bait to catch drug dealers.

This is a story of overzealous prosecution of minor drug offenses by a task force answerable only to itself, callous official indifference toward a grieving family, and a lack of transparency by authorities that raises more questions than it answers. 

Paramount among these questions: Why are police using non-violent, first-time offenders in the very dangerous role of confidential informant? 

According to the Huffington Post:

Sadek, who attended the state College of Science in Wahpeton, was arrested in April of 2013 after he allegedly sold marijuana to an informant on two separate occasions. One transaction was for $20 and the other was for $60. But because the alleged sales took place in a “school zone,” the crimes were considered major felonies, according to the AP.

Sadek signed on to become an informant shortly after his arrest. According to the report, Sadek sold drugs on behalf of the task force in November and December of 2013 and January of 2014.

That last part makes me wonder how much Sadek learned about the evils of drugs from his experience. Did the police always make arrests and keep those drugs out of the market? Or are they allowed to put drugs on the streets without fear of prosecution?

But these cops were not even going to investigate Sadek’s murder. They wanted to leave the killers unpunished. How sick is that?

If you don’t have time to watch the video you can read about it in more detail here.