Former Washington Cop Admits Stealing From Hispanics

By: Bill Wilson
By: Bill Wilson

A former Washington police officer has admitted he targeted Hispanic motorists, robbing them during traffic stops.

Steven Hilsinger today pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor civil rights violations in federal court.

Prosecutors say back in November and December of 2005, Hilsinger stopped Hispanic motorists for minor traffic violations. Instead of merely asking for their drivers licenses, they say Hilsinger took their entire wallets. The feds say on the first occasion the officer stole $60, while the second time he took $40.

Then in September of 2006, prosecutors say again Hilsinger targeted Hispanic drivers and stole money, only this time the victim was an undercover police officer. On those occasions, $220 and $120 were taken.

The police officer resigned shortly after his arrest.

Hilsinger's sentencing is set for March 3rd.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 19, 2011 at 07:19 PM
    Since when is 17 months in "protected" custody in a prison a harsh punishment? Thats a slap on the wrist. NC tax payers paid for this jerk to get 3 HOT meals a day, a roof over his head, free cable, a free gym membership, access to a softball league, the opportunity to write off all child support while in prison and 6 months of food stamps when he got out and for the first 6 months he was out he was not obligated to pay child support. Now that is some harsh punishment if you aske me...Are you serious or just down right crazy???? Thats not a punishment!
  • by Nicole Location: USA on Jan 16, 2010 at 10:40 AM
    Oh JESUS! I wish Iwas here when you idiots posted! This thug piece of garbage deserves the highest possible sentence then multiply that by 10! He was a cop! He took an oath, he signed the friggin oath! He is a thief. If you steal you are a thief, if you are a cop then you are corrupt and a liar and a thief and many of them are child molesters and rapists. So get out of your bubble or do everyone a favor and move out of America. Move somewhere like Iraq where the cops are encouraged to kill, rape, mame and thieve. You will be happier there and most of us Americans will be happier knowing you are not here. So very sincerely!
  • by KELLY Location: NC on Mar 14, 2008 at 01:47 PM seem very judgmental and your comments are racially motivated. you may want to look into getting help for both of those problems. Not everything and everyone on America is as "black and white" as you would like to think they are! To me, illegal immigrants living in the United States collecting welfare, wic, child care assistance, or medicaid are worse than what do you think should happen to them? I was not saying what he did was right...all I was saying was that there are two sides to every story and from what the newspapers say, he was set-up based on the word of a bunch of illegal immigrants who are no better than he is!
  • by Softwhispers on Dec 18, 2007 at 07:59 AM
    Posted by: Kelly Location: NC ::Snip:: "Since when do illegal immigrants have the same rights as we do? I definitely think he should be punished, but I do feel that if this was an ordinary person, this would not have been that big of a deal. Nobody would have cared. i also agree with Tom....there are two sides to every story!" "There are two sides to every story?"-- yeah right, when it involves a white person doing the mischief and got caught. If this cop was a hispanic or a black I bet many of the below comments would have been mighty different. Stealing is wrong no matter if you're white, black, hispanic, an illegal alien, OR A COP!
  • by Kelly Location: NC on Dec 7, 2007 at 10:57 AM
    I do know him. I went to school with him. he was a ggood guy back then and my guess is that hasn't changed. He does have a family. And if illegal immigrants were paying taxes in the first place like the rest of us, then police officers and law enforcement may be granted the pay increases they deserve and would not have to resort to this kind of behavior! I have to agree with lynn? Since when do illegal immigrants have the same rights as we do? I definitely think he should be punished, but I do feel that if this was an ordinary person, this would not have been that big of a deal. Nobody would have cared. i also agree with Tom....there are two sides to every story!
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      by No Name on Oct 19, 2011 at 07:13 PM in reply to Kelly
      No he wasnt living with his wife and 3 kids. You must not have seen in quite a while. He invited hispanics to his home for cook outs during the day only to prey on them at night. His claims of stealing to make ends meet was nothing but a lie. His now ex-wife hadnt recieved child support payments in months and even before that was not on a regular basis. SO to Lynn & Kelly get your head out of clouds. Every human being has rights and doesnt deserve to be preyed upon by people we are suppose to trust. The Hispanic do jobs Americans refuse to do and work harder than most Americans no matter what race. What about the Hispanic families that were ROBBED by an armed police officer. So I dont care if you went to school with this idiot or if you were his family no person deserves this treatment. So I do know both sides of this story and his so called family didnt ever see a dime of his paycheck or anything for that matter. This is why America is the way it is we have morons like yall making excuses for criminals and not to mention the racism!!
  • by Softwhispers Location: New York on Dec 7, 2007 at 08:04 AM
    You guys should feel shameful for your comments. It almost gives the impression that you want to look the other way and allow this criminal to go unpunished. He is a thief, and should be treated like a one.
  • by tom Location: greenville on Dec 6, 2007 at 04:19 PM
    hey about this officer, does he have a record? people make mistakes. some come early in life some come later. people should stop beating him up. who knows he may have a family. i mean the way the press coverage is....its like they dont care. has anyone tried to get his story? there is two sides to the story. why do you guys forget that?????????????
  • by lynn Location: new bern on Dec 3, 2007 at 06:33 PM
    if this would have been just a regular person what would be his punishment. but he carried a title of an officer he is getting the harsh end of it. what is the difference in the government going after hispanics to see if there legal. there are other culture of people. so who is to say who is legal. Does illegal people have rights? if not......he should be charged with something different.
  • by Scott Location: snow hill on Dec 3, 2007 at 03:34 PM
    IN regards to the civil rights violations that officer committed against hispanics. The article did not confirm whether they were citizens or not. If they where not legal citizens then no civil rights where violated. None the less it was wrong what the officer did. Just needed clarificaion because if you are not a US citizen you do not have rights but rather priveledged to be here at US citizens expense.

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