‘Mr. Good: Cop Or Crook?‘ Ending Explained – Where Is Eirik Jensen Now? – Mr. Good, are you a cop or a crook? is a four-part docuseries on Eirik Jensen, one of Norway’s most well-known police officers, who is currently serving a 21-year jail sentence for drug trafficking. Directors Trond Kvig Andreassen and Ragne Riise interview Jensen, as well as a number of his police colleagues and members of the motorcycle gangs with which he worked undercover, to learn whether the country’s top officer committed the crime for which he is serving time.
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Eirik Jensen had joined the Norwegian police force in 1977 after growing up as a quiet and introverted youngster, as his sister describes it, and he had never looked back since. Eirik had always stood out from the crowd, with a personality and a style of dress that were considerably different from the norm at the time. Eirik, a man who spent his own time off-duty riding motorcycles and frequenting clubs frequented by persons on the wrong side of the law, quickly established a reputation for being a master at turning criminals into police informants.
Eirik was an easy cop to converse with and eventually cooperate with because of his ability to comprehend criminals and a certain mutual respect, as many violent group members claimed at the time. Unlike every other police officer who had a rigid and moralistic vision of how a police officer should conduct himself, Jensen believed in maintaining an open mind and would frequently spend his free time with MC gang members.
His first significant public appearance occurred in 2006 when he was given the task of leading a police unit tasked with bringing under control the many young violent groups killing and destroying one another in Oslo. Eirik soon brought the situation under control as more and more young men left their gangs and lives of crime, thanks to his amazing competence in dealing with criminals and his impressive talents at leading from the front. This made him popular not only among top administrative officials, but also among journalists, the general public, and even the young men he indirectly helped change.
Eirik had, of course, been able to accomplish this with the help of his effective team of informants, one of whom was a man named Gjermund Cappelen, who had worked with the policeman since 1993. After being caught and soon turned into a police informer by Jensen, Cappelen went on to help the cops in a major narcotics bust on his own. Jensen had been approached by an informer who claimed that members of the ruthless Mob of the North were pressuring him to smuggle in amphetamine from the Netherlands.
He decided to take advantage of the opportunity. In a case known as “the plane drop case,” the Oslo police confiscated the drugs and arrested all the mobsters with Cappelen’s help. However, this apparent friendship was thrown to the wind when Cappelen was arrested in 2013, and the country was shocked to learn of the man’s allegations about the police officer he held in the highest regard. In exchange for a substantial commission, Cappelen claimed that Eirik Jensen had been intimately involved in his drug trafficking operation. This sparked the Cappelen vs. Jensen court case, in which the state prosecutor levelled charges of drug trafficking and blatant corruption against the well-known police officer.
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Cappelen had already aided Eirik in another high-profile case in the 1990s, when the informer rapidly returned costly pieces stolen from the royal family collection, stating that he obtained them from his known art black marketeers. Cappelen’s status as a hashish dealer and distributor was known to Norwegian authorities at the time, but there was no evidence or concrete evidence to arrest him.
Nevertheless, the police force pursued the man for a long time. When the Oslo police department became preoccupied with other matters, the police department of Asker & Baerum, a nearby district of Oslo, took up the investigation because Cappelen’s residence was in this area. During this period, the police first discovered evidence of Cappelen and Eirik meeting in an unusual manner. Cappelen had also gotten the phone number of one of the officers tailing him, which he couldn’t have done without support from the inside.
The stealthy pursuit of Cappelen, on the other hand, had identified the man as a major hash trafficker who had brought the drug in from other countries via highways and then sold it in Norway. However, every time the police attempted to apprehend the man, he seemed to flee, meticulously covering his traces, almost as if he had been given advance notice of the police’s actions.
Oslo police also dispatched a squad to surreptitiously observe the situation at the request of Asker & Baerum, in a mission codenamed “operation silent.” The police are now tracking Cappelen’s call and message activities. They’ve discovered that he’s in communication with a well-known drug dealer regularly, as Cappelen has made him his client. An unknown phone, not included in the police directory, is also found to be in frequent contact with the individual, and it is tracked back to a Pakistani immigrant “Karachi man.”
The police maintained track of these chats and were overjoyed when they learned that the two were planning to meet, implying that they would finally learn who this Pakistani man was. They are, however, astounded to learn that it was Eirik Jensen who met the drug courier, and that the enigmatic “Karachi guy” was the leader of the anti-drug unit. The cops swiftly reported their findings to Internal Affairs, the only administrative authority with the jurisdiction to probe the cops, and Eirik was placed under surveillance.
When authorities discovered signs of a storage facility in Norway where Cappelen kept his imported drugs, a big lead against him arose quickly. The cops wreck the place and confiscate the drugs, making it look like a typical street robbery in the hopes of catching Cappelen in the act. Their plan goes through without a hitch, as the man himself emerges from the shadows a few days later to conduct a narcotics transfer. The cops follow him around, gather evidence, and arrest him and his wife on suspicion of conducting a large-scale drug trafficking ring.
Cappelen had requested Eirik for assistance after his drugs were stolen, as he believed, through their furtive and meticulously code-worded text messages, but Eirik was powerless to help. The police officer, on the other hand, had astonishingly failed to report the significant number of drugs missing to his superiors, as he should have done if his relationship with Cappelen had been that of an officer and his informant. Eirik had even been messaging the man after he was caught because he didn’t know about it right away, and it all sounded a little strange until the hashish trafficker verified it.
Cappelen stated that Eirik was intimately involved in his operations. The police officer often assisted him in bringing the drugs across to Norway in exchange for money during his interrogations with the police while in detention. Eirik Jensen was detained by the police a few months later, in February 2014, and a case of corruption and drug trafficking was filed against him.
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Eirik Jensen has maintained since his imprisonment that he treated Gjermund Cappelen like any of his other informants, treating him with politeness and using him as a tool to extract information without ever breaking the law. Cappelen’s father had sought the assistance of the police in the 1990s, and Eirik had helped him recover from a serious heroin addiction. On the verge of being sentenced to prison, Jensen can hardly believe that the guy he had so often aided and protected has suddenly turned on him, making false accusations in order to reduce his own prison sentence.
In January 2017, Eirik began a trial in the Oslo district court, in which he attempted to prove his innocence while being confronted with more bizarre and questionable evidence. All of the evidence gathered during “operation quiet,” including images and recordings of their rendezvous and logs of their regularly coded text exchanges, is presented in court. The communications, according to Cappelen, were largely about drug smuggling, and some even appeared to be persistent nags from Eirik about something. Still, the cop insists that they were all entirely informant-based chats.
But shortly, the peculiar actions of Eirik are revealed, the first being that after learning of his informer’s detention, the police officer promptly destroyed the phone with which he planned to communicate with Cappelen. Although he currently says that he did so to protect his informants and his mission’s anonymity, such behavior is highly suspect. A police officer would naturally want to submit their side of the discussion as evidence to indicate that it was all routine texting with an informer.
The case against Eirik Jensen carried the maximum penalty in Norwegian law: a sentence of 21 years in jail, but his defence lawyers wanted him acquitted completely. Perhaps because of this, Eirik denied knowing anything about Cappelen’s large-scale drug smuggling business in his testimony, raising even more suspicions about the police officer.
It seemed highly unlikely that he would be in such close contact with his supposed informer and yet be unaware of his criminal activity.
Eirik responded by arguing that if his other informants or Cappelen himself did not notify him about his informer’s misdeeds, he would have no way of knowing, because the police still had no proof against the drug smuggler. An increase in the number of texts between Eirik and Cappelen had been discovered around the time when Cappelen was bringing in the drugs via road, which was additional evidence incriminating.
Another contact who had been conversing with Cappelen on a regular basis was discovered at this time. Mr. Good was preserved as a contact name on his phone, and many of the messages they exchanged were guarantees of safety, maybe hinting that the cops were not observing the man and that it was safe to act.
The prosecution strongly suggests that Mr. Good was Eirik Jensen himself, who used a separate phone number to discuss more dangerous topics. Even language experts believe Mr. Good’s typing matched Eirik’s. The police officer has no evidence to back up his claims of innocence because he is terrible and irresponsible about keeping paper records of his acts, which is possibly extremely handy.
Cappelen claims that he has paid cops 500 kronor per kg of hash since they started working together. This coincides with a regular cash flow (named after Eirik) that exceeds his salary. It was deposited by Eirik in bits from different bank locations quite strangely.
Although Eirik’s total cash amount is believed to have been deposited as drug money, this drug money was never discovered. But now, Eirik is put in trouble by a pile of cash suspiciously buried under a wall in his house. The judges finally reach a decision: Eirik Jensen is found guilty of participating in and encouraging Cappelen’s hashish trafficking and is sentenced to 21 years in jail, while Cappelen’s sentence is reduced to 15 years for having truthfully reported everything to the court.
Eirik and his defence team prepare to take their case to the court of appeals shortly after the judgement, based on the findings of Eirik’s current partner, Ragna Vikre. They emphasize that the communications were not transmitted at the same time as the drug imports, and that the assurance messages were frequently sent after the imports were completed. The prosecution claims that because the police were only able to track down some of the imports, it is possible that more were carried out based on the communications and their times.
After all, it doesn’t matter whether the two timelines coincide because a police officer’s simple assurance of safety to a drug smuggler is enough to convict him. Eirik and Ragna, on the other hand, breathe a sigh of relief when the jury decides to find Eirik guilty solely of gross corruption and not of any drug trafficking charges, drastically reducing his prison sentence. However, the relief does not last long, as the bench of judges, who in most circumstances agree with the jury’s judgement, suddenly overturns it, declaring Eirik Jensen “clearly guilty” of both charges and ordering a fresh trial with other judges.
Another story began to emerge over time, but it was never put to the test in court, and it is still popular among Eirik’s supporters. It seems virtually unbelievable that a police officer was involved in such a major controversy for so long without any of his superiors being aware of it. Many people began to believe that Eirik Jensen was single-handedly framed and blamed for his acts in order for the entire police department, which had been implicated in such corruption for quite some time, to take the fall.
Despite these claims, the ex-police officers who give their opinions on the show insist that they had no knowledge of Jensen’s actions and that he did it on his own.
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Finally, in June of 2020, the matter was brought before the Supreme Court of Norway for a final hearing, and Eirik and Ragna remained hopeful that he would be released. However, the judges totally dismissed Eirik’s argument that he solely had professional relations with Cappelen as an informer, stating that the police officer only transmitted information he received from the smuggler to his superiors once during his nearly two-decade relationship with him.
Eirik Jensen was found guilty of both offences and sentenced to 21 years in jail by the court. The ex-police officer, who is now a convicted narcotics trafficker, was caught right away and will begin serving his term in 2020. Eirik Jensen is still alive and appears in Netflix docuseries “Mr. Good: Cop or Crook?” as he tries to explain his side of the tale while imprisoned at Norway’s Kongsvinger jail. After serving fourteen years in prison, he will be eligible for parole in 2034, and his mother hopes to survive to see that day.
Ragna maintains a friendship with the man and pays him frequent visits to prison. Eirik and his counsel filed an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights, but it was turned down. They want to file a move to reopen the case and bring it back to trial. Finally, despite efforts to portray all sides, the case and evidence gathered appear to be uneven, as Eirik Jensen appears to be Mr. Good, the thief who tricked the authorities for so long. However, whether or not higher-ranking police and administrative officials were aware of his acts is still a point of contention.
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