For over three years, Raymond Bechard, an American journalist has continued demanding transparency in the case of Connecticut State Police Trooper Pearl Kelly Paris, who was found guilty of running a human trafficking ring for several years, but only sentenced to two years probation.
Raymond Bechard is now being targeted by the Criminal Justice System. Why?
Because he has continued to expose the corruption by asking why this law enforcement officer's crimes treated so lightly? What leverage did she have on State officials? Demanding answers to these questions has put this journalist's life and livelihood in danger.
When Bechard asked criminal justice officials about the crimes, the journalist was told, “We tried for more, but this is all they would do,” by a Connecticut State Police Spokesperson, reflecting on the comparatively minor charges Pearl received, especially in light of the extensive federal investigation.
Another source within the State of Connecticut told him, "Pearl was smart. She made sure she had dirt on important people in case she ever got caught." It appears she may have used that dirt to wipe her slate clean.
Unfortunately, there is a two year gap in records pertaining to Pearl's case. No court records exist between November, 2012 and her final hearing, at which she was "sentenced" to probation on October 23, 2014.
Further, much of her 35 page arrest warrant is redacted, with pertinent information deleted by someone with an interest in keeping Pearl's "dirt" buried forever.
This is why we are demanding full transparency in this case and protection for journalist Raymond Bechard who is being targeted by law enforcement. If others within State government share in the guilt of these human trafficking crimes, there must be accountability.
If lies stay hidden in the dark corners of power, the abuse of human trafficking will continue forever. If we demand the truth, then those with the arrogance to think they can continue committing this crime will finally be brought to justice.