Former Detroit and Richmond, Va., police chief Jerry Oliver was caught with a handgun at an airport two years before the similar incident recently that cost him his job.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch says that Oliver had his police service pistol confiscated at the Richmond airport in June 2001. “Mr. Oliver did not declare the bag and did not have paperwork for carrying the weapon on board the aircraft,” said a police report. No charges were fired.
Oliver, 56, resigned as Detroit’s police chief after a controversy over his failure to declare a loaded pistol found in his check-in baggage at Detroit’s airport. Oliver told The Times-Dispatch, “It was a fairly innocent, honest mistake that got caught up in the political menage here.”
Four other Richmond-area police chiefs said they see no reason to fly armed. Rick Pleasants, chief in Ashland, Va., asked, “What do you need a gun for, unless you’re on a law-enforcement assignment?” Pleasants attended the International Association of Chiefs of Police convention in Philadelphia in late October, which is where Oliver was headed when his gun triggered alarms.