Mr. Good: Cop or Crook? (2022) s01e01 Episode Script

Old-school Cop

Shall we start at the beginning? I would say if you put all your cards on the table, that you've made amends.
Then you're untouchable.
We can start with that.
What is this person's name? [man 2.]
- [man.]
Surname? - [man 2.]
[tape clicks off.]
[in Norwegian.]
The former police officer Eirik Jensen - Eirik Jensen - Eirik Jensen [reporter.]
Jensen has been charged with smuggling several tons of hashish to Norway, as well as corruption for several million krone.
Eirik Jensen is one of the most trusted police officers in Norway.
- [explosion.]
- [witness.]
There's another blast! When the police needed to clean up, they used Eirik.
I'm also a man of dialogue.
I speak to a lot of communities.
[in English.]
He was closer to the criminals than his own colleagues.
This is, in fact, one of the most incredible crime stories in modern times.
[camera shutter clicks.]
[man 3.]
The most orderly cop I've dealt with in my time.
Soft around the edges, but he made things work.
This is a case that raises more questions than it answers.
So I thought, "Damn, did he fool me? Did he fool us?" [man 4.]
Do you plead guilty of this charge? No.
[man 5.]
How could it be that one of Norway's most trusted police officers is suddenly in danger of receiving the law's maximum sentence? Is Jensen a cop or a crook? Eirik Jensen holds the answers.
Eirik Jensen has the whole story.
But he's not telling it.
EIRIK JENSEN, THE ENIGMA [thunder crashing.]
[Eirik Jensen.]
I've been sentenced to Norway's maximum punishment, twenty-one years in prison.
Every day I'm in here is another wasted day.
I think about everything I'm missing out on.
Everything is gone.
I've in no way come to terms with the situation I find myself in.
It's a catastrophe for me.
It's a catastrophe for my family.
That's what I sit in my cell and think about.
Day in and day out, it's always on my mind.
Why did it happen? NORWAY - SWEDEN [reporter in Norwegian.]
The f ormer police commander Eirik Jensen is charged with severe drug crimes and corruption.
The most important witness is Gjermund Cappelen.
[reporter 2.]
In court, Cappelen explained how he for almost 30 years smuggled so much hashish that it arrived in large trucks.
with the help of Jensen.
[reporter 2.]
Jensen claims Cappelen has only been his informant for all these years.
[Jensen in English.]
Gjermund Cappelen has been one of my best informants for years.
I let him get close to me.
I've helped him with a lot of critical and difficult situations.
And when he then chooses to stab me in the back like he did, I didn't expect that.
I've been a policeman for more than 30 years.
[siren wailing.]
POLICE And have for most of that time worked in organized crime and narcotics.
[camera shutter clicks.]
That's the paradox.
That I've allegedly done the exact opposite.
Namely that of being a criminal who has earned a pile of money by being dirty.
And that's my claim.
I am not.
[siren wailing.]
My name is John Malden.
I've been in the police force for 33 years.
Uh, surveillance, the Uro-patrol, organized crime.
You could say I've had an active police career.
You are stepping into a world, with its own its own codex.
And if you don't understand that world's codex, you won't be able to communicate with the criminals themselves.
When it comes to the Eirik Jensen case, you have to understand where he's coming from and what kind of methods were used back in the day.
And if people don't understand that, they won't understand Jensen.
[siren wailing.]
[reporter in Norwegian.]
In the capitol, people have gone to bed.
Evening has become nighttime.
That's when the Uro-squad make their move.
- [suspect.]
Yes, hello.
- [Jensen.]
It's Eirik.
- [suspect.]
Who? - [Jensen.]
Eirik Jensen.
You'll remember if you think about it.
I need to talk to you.
- I come in peace.
- [suspect.]
That won't work.
Think carefully now.
Police! [officer 2.]
Stand still! - [officer 3.]
What's this, then? - [officer 4.]
Look at this.
[officer 3.]
Merchandise, guys! [laughs.]
[Paul Larsson in English.]
I would say Eirik Jensen is one of the most fascinating police personalities.
in recent Norwegian history.
When you see Eirik Jensen, hear him speak, you think that he doesn't look like a cop.
In my opinion, he was quite scruffy and not like most policemen.
Jeans, earring, ponytail.
He was quite unorthodox.
In my opinion, Jensen represents the old school.
His time with the Uro during the 80s is [chuckles.]
it's almost like watching a Dirty Harry movie.
[officer in Norwegian.]
You have drugs up your ass.
Can you take them out? - [suspect.]
- You're taking them out yourself? [in English.]
It was a completely different regime to what it is today.
[officer in Norwegian.]
I've found about ten and a half ounces, plus some money.
The initial spark came when I joined the Uro-patrol.
I wanted to be the best at what I did.
Meaning informants, investigations and thinking creatively.
That's what drove me.
Eirik Jensen worked an incredible amount in his time with the Uro-patrol.
And everyone was impressed by his efficiency, his contact with the criminal world, and last but not least, the results he delivered.
Already in the '80s, Eirik Jensen started recruiting informants from different parts of society.
[chattering in Norwegian.]
And, uh, most people generally don't want to be informants.
It's not a want.
It's not something people want.
But by catching them with drugs, or that they are in situations where they need to get out, you can sometimes turn people into informants.
And Eirik Jensen was clearly good at it.
[Torgrim Eggen.]
 An informant is someone who reports to the police on happenings in the criminal world.
He's often a criminal himself.
Being an informant, or snitch as the criminals call it, is one of the most dangerous things to do.
It could lead to death, even with just a suspicion.
Informant handling is basically an extremely cynical business.
When people are in vulnerable situations, you have to take advantage of that to get what you want.
In this environment, you have to use all the tricks.
A pat on the back.
You're dealing with hardcore people who never trust anyone.
You have to gain their trust.
You play to their premise.
Which means you give something to get something.
And you help out when they have a problem.
That builds trust, and I receive information.
I've dealt with a lot of different people and personalities over the last 26, 27 years.
So obviously, I've pushed the boundaries and maybe sometimes crossed those boundaries.
And nobody did anything but give you a pat you on the back because you got it done.
[Øyvind Olsen.]
My first meeting with Eirik Jensen was back in the 1980s.
I knew Eirik Jensen as a stable, good colleague.
Uh, somewhat stubborn.
You had to have really good reasons for solving a case differently to how Eirik Jensen suggested.
[Leif Lier.]
One of Eirik Jensen's traits was that he didn't like bosses.
We could both agree on how to do something in my office, and he would leave and do something completely different.
I didn't have much contact with him.
He never asked for anything.
After the fact, I can say I should have controlled him more.
Besides being unorthodox and, uh, difficult to control, there weren't any big problems He gave us lots of information.
Solved cases, so we were satisfied, right? He had his own way of doing police work that often produced major results.
Let's see.
EIRIK JENSEN'S EX-WIFE CECILIE BLEGEBERG So this is Eirik in the Philippines.
It was nice and warm.
We lived in a cosy little bamboo hut.
This is when Eirik wanted to get a tattoo.
He thought he was so tough.
Well, Eirik and I met We actually met through work.
He worked with the police in a unit called Uro.
Uh, I struggle with my Norwegian.
The Uro-patrol.
- [chattering.]
- [Cecilie Blegeberg.]
I worked at Smuget.
And my dear bosses at Smuget wanted to keep Smuget free of drugs.
So that's why I got in touch with Eirik and asked him if they wanted to become our guests and members.
My bosses and I, we thought that if the police visit a nightclub, the crooks will avoid it.
And it worked great.
He was shy.
In private, he was shy.
He was standing there with his thumbs in his jeans and kicked shyly in the dirt, looking down bashfully.
But I saw that he was in love.
And he had flirty eyes.
That made me feel safe.
It could be a bit dangerous to work in a nightclub where we had guests who got angry when we wouldn't let them in and so on.
I thought that, "No.
I have Eirik, the policeman.
" "He can protect me from anything.
It's not dangerous.
" Ah, it's so strange to think back on this.
Because I didn't know what I know now.
He always wanted to be right.
He wanted to pound his chest, as he called it, when he was the best, and he always was.
And he followed his own rules.
Apparently, he hung out with people on the wrong side of the law.
I thought that he got more and more into, uh, How should I put it? The MC scene or [dog barks.]
I don't know.
[engine revving.]
[reporter in Norwegian.]
The MC war is coming to Norway.
Sunday, March 10, a member of Bandidos is shot in the chest outside Fornebu Airport.
Four days later, a Hells Angels supporter is shot in downtown Oslo.
A car bomb explodes outside the Hells Angels' headquarters in Oslo.
[Larsson in English.]
There were many aspects of Eirik Jensen that became controversial.
One of these was his handling of the MC groups Hells Angels, Bandidos and other so-called one-percent groups.
Yeah, so it was the beginning of the big Nordic MC war at the end of the '90s.
The police were quick in drawing the conclusion that it was about selling drugs, but it could be a lot more trivial than that.
An insult, a fight in a bar or someone taking someone's else's vest.
There are some unwritten rules.
[reporter in Norwegian.]
The Bandidos headquarters in Drammen was blown up about 15 minutes ago.
The situation here now is so chaotic that I don't think - [explosion.]
- And there's another blast! Another blast in Nybyen.
I have to move further [reporter.]
The MC war continues.
[reporter 2.]
Because of the war between the MC clubs, Hells Angels and [man.]
These damn killers have to be caught! [Thore Henki Holm Hansen in English.]
Most people might know who I am.
Thore Henki Holm Hansen.
I'm infamous for establishing Outlaws MC in Norway, in 1995.
The first time I met Eirik was at a pub.
We met at Hydra MC's bar in Nesodden.
He was having a beer there, and so was I.
We got talking and had a lot in common.
And we became friends after that.
But it wasn't until later that I actually heard he was a drug cop.
It was a weird place to meet a drug cop [chuckles.]
of all places.
But he wasn't there to bust anyone.
He was there to have a beer and to take it easy.
If we saw some of the guys, maybe [sniffs.]
powdered their noses or something, I looked at him, and he said, "No, I'm not at work.
 Don't look at me.
" [laughs.]
"This is my time off.
" So that was not what he was looking for.
He was just a boy on his time off.
A really nice boy.
We could party together without being worried about the cops always looking over your shoulder.
The police have a very conservative idea of how a policeman should be.
I stood out, not only because I rode a motorcycle, but also because I had a lot of contacts and friends in the biker scene.
I told my bosses that I would keep in contact with them regardless.
Not to abuse the trust I had out there, but it gave me a unique opportunity to understand them better and could improve the police's efforts, at least in Oslo, compared to many other places in the country.
[engine sputters, turns over.]
[John Malden.]
Many were ready to use brute force.
But to use full tactical units and blue lights every time, seems like it didn't work in neither Sweden nor Denmark.
While Eirik did the opposite.
He made contact with both sides.
And he eventually got them to talk to each other.
That dialogue model is Eirik Jensen's, uh, creative suggestion.
At the core of Eirik's method was standing firm and saying what he meant.
While at the same time, showing respect for others.
His strength was being able to talk to them properly, so that they could understand and respect the way that he worked.
[camera shutter clicks.]
Then I said now it's time for a small course on what is acceptable behaviour and what's not.
And after that, there was a long list of issues.
Don't use patches in restaurants.
Don't besiege the Leopard nightclub and take control of the place by helping yourself to the bar.
They are not to carry weapons and a bunch of things like that that they had committed themselves to.
And they have to be nice and polite with the police.
It was it was a long list.
He promised them nothing but problems if they didn't do what they had agreed to.
And they agreed to it, almost without any trouble.
So there is another way of doing it.
Hells Angels and Bandidos actually had mutual Christmas parties and met each other in town without there being any problems.
And that's very special.
It wasn't like that in Sweden and Denmark.
He's probably the most orderly cop I have dealt with in my time.
Soft around the edges, but he made things work.
But I don't think well, I know that his colleagues weren't happy with what he was doing.
Well, you have to set boundaries between your private life and work.
And not let work mix with your private life and vice versa.
So many might say that you don't talk to criminals.
The only time you talk to them is during a trial.
So what is difficult for me as a policeman is knowing when a criminal is using me.
You can get used in every which way.
When it comes to the MC scene, we know that some of these MC clubs are some of the strongest criminal organizations in the world.
So trying a dialogue model in Oslo that failed in the rest of the world sounds a little bit naive.
He was closer to the criminals than his own colleagues.
Regardless of what he was doing, I think he always knew what was right and what was wrong.
He may have been borderline, but he was always on the right side.
He was.
This is Eirik's report cards that you found.
- Stumbled across it the other day.
- Yes.
"Can Eirik stay inside during breaks?" "He has a broken left arm.
" I remember that.
"Eirik was not at school yesterday.
" "He was at the doctor's with a sprained ankle.
" "Can he stay inside for a week during breaks?" "And also" [chuckles.]
"And also skip gym class while he's still wearing a bandage? We had to [chuckling.]
"Eirik hurt his right hand yesterday afternoon at football practice.
" "He has therefore not done his Norwegian homework.
" [chuckling.]
Here's the class photo.
Eirik's class photo.
- Do you recognize him? - [Nina.]
Is that him? - [Eva.]
Yes, can you believe that's him? - [Nina.]
My impression is that it seemed like he had a bit of ADHD.
Yes, you had to pay attention to him.
You were never sure what he what the day could bring.
When Eirik was little, the last thing I thought he would become was a policeman.
But he applied to the police academy and got in, and it was non-stop after that.
We noticed after a while that we had less contact with him.
No, when we were together, he often got got a call and suddenly had to leave.
He put work before family.
And he's admitted that.
And it's of course, something he he regrets to this day.
But it was something he enjoyed.
He loved loved his job.
He was very interested.
So so he was the right man in the right place, at least in my opinion.
Hmm, yes, I agree.
My name is Shahid Rasool.
I was in prison for 12 years.
And I was described as the so-called, uh, leader of Young Guns and the A gang.
It started at a time when there was a lot of racism, so these youths would walk around, beating up the racists, as they called it.
But eventually, a few other things were added.
- [interviewer.]
Can you expand on that? - Nah, that's not worth going into.
The group calls themselves Young Guns and has been accused of fighting and assault in recent weeks.
[Mikael Ali in English.]
I was a member of Young Guns in the 2000s.
There was a very clear picture of the gang scene You got Young Guns.
You got the B gang, A gang, and our nemesis at the time was the B gang, without many of us even knowing why.
POINTLESS WAR I was extremely violent.
And this isn't a movie.
This is real.
Like, it's real blood.
It's real tears.
You can taste the gunpowder after you have taken a shot, and you you take it all in.
But in that environment, I don't talk about my mental health at all.
"I don't feel so good today.
I am I'm thinking about what we did yesterday.
" Like, forget about it, it doesn't exist.
You go from one thing to another, then another, then another.
All the way.
The pace is fast, constantly.
Talk about feelings, fuck that.
[reporter in Norwegian.]
A 23-year-old Pakistani boy was found killed in a parking lot in Romsås Men walked over to a black BMW and shot at least six shots [reporter 2.]
One was injured.
A typical gang clash, police say.
[reporter 3.]
Even more public shootings.
It's gotten so bad that ordinary people are scared to go out at night.
[in English.]
These incidents were an eye-opener for politicians and others.
[reporter in Norwegian.]
The minister of justice promised to clamp down on gangs.
[in English.]
A decision was made to find a method to deal with these street gangs, and it had to happen fast.
So the politicians decided that Oslo police district would establish its own project team.
And it would be led by Eirik Jensen.
He would be provided with sufficient resources and the best uniformed officers the district had.
Now it was time to roll up our sleeves and start delivering.
[reporter in Norwegian.]
Now the work with gaining the upper hand on these gangs begins.
[reporter 2.]
The Oslo police have now warned of zero tolerance for gang-related crime.
[in English.]
Eirik was extremely dedicated and, uh, was really in his element.
[in Norwegian.]
We are proud today, when we can display so many weapons.
[in English.]
That's how I came to know him.
Eirik, to me, is the guy in the gang project who somehow handled a thousand things and was at work 24/7.
He lived and breathed this.
He had a goal, and he would reach it, no matter the cost.
[in Norwegian.]
The subject is delivering something to someone this evening.
[in English.]
Eirik Jensen is the chief of the gang project, but that doesn't mean he's behind a desk waiting for results.
He's out on the streets, making contacts in the gangs.
You won't get anywhere if you don't know who you're dealing with.
When I was a gang member, my attitude towards the police was that they were pigs.
That's how we saw them.
We'd stay far away.
The rules of the gang, first and foremost, are don't talk to the cops.
That's a no-go, regardless, no snitching.
These worlds are very tight, so you have to be on the inside.
And it took a while before we managed that.
I experienced the gang project very clearly.
Things changed dramatically from one day to the other.
The police were on us constantly, followed us on foot, mapped our movements, recruit more informants among us and so on and so on.
But at the same time, the way it was done was based on a different method.
I came to mutual respect.
We understand you a little.
We see your humanity.
[Roger Stubberud.]
I never ever heard Eirik talk negatively about a criminal.
He respected everyone, regardless of what they'd done and treated them accordingly.
I think that creates creates a bit of trust and respect in these environments.
Because the rest of society was like, "Let them shoot each other.
" "Ship them in containers, let 'em kill each other.
" But the police had a different approach.
It was like, okay, take out your hand, greet each other.
Because then they could also find out more, become a little more personal.
That they knew a lot more about us and stuff and could perhaps more easily find out who wanted out and who might, and so on and so forth.
There was a period where there were almost no gang members left.
All of them were either in jail or under some form of observation.
We had actually managed to clean up properly.
The gang project turned Eirik Jensen into a kind of celebrity cop.
He wasn't just popular among management, but also among journalists.
[in Norwegian.]
Of course, I'm also a man of dialogue.
I speak to a lot of communities.
That's also led to some victories.
[Knut Holen in English.]
This was Eirik Jensen's glory days.
He got an incredible amount of praise.
He became known as "the super cop.
" The super policeman.
[Viggo Trosdahl.]
We know that Eirik Jensen was a pioneer.
He's been a front man in regards to gangs and the MC clubs.
Uh, what makes him have that special position, we don't know.
We actually don't.
Eirik Jensen was a closed book.
The criminals are always waiting to take advantage of you as a cop.
There's always a catch.
There is no free lunch.
The pitfalls of the criminal world is of course that the criminals can control the police.
And I can say it like it is.
This is something I have experienced myself.
That someone tried to buy me off.
Maybe the most important reason Eirik Jensen is able to get as far as he does, is that he is damn good at talking with people, and in doing so, he gathers a network of informants.
One of these informants will prove to be especially valuable.
And will end up being his nemesis.
Gjermund Cappelen.
The first time I met him was in 1993.
But there was another detective who had the case in the beginning, called, uh, Olsen.
Øyvind Øyvind Olsen.
I knew about Cappelen from before.
He was known in our system for selling hashish.
We had the information, but we didn't have anything on him.
Cappelen was spotted driving in downtown Oslo.
The surveillance team's objective was to follow him and find out what he did on a daily basis.
The surveillance moves to downtown Oslo where Cappelen disappears into the garage of the Oslo Plaza Hotel.
One of the investigators managed to spot Cappelen getting into the elevator and which floor it stopped at.
We checked the hotel records and discovered that a very dangerous criminal is staying on that floor.
[officer speaks indistinctly over radio.]
At the same time, things are happening very fast.
Outside the hotel, the surveillance cars have positioned themselves to cover all possible exits.
Suddenly, Cappelen comes speeding out of the garage in his car.
[tires screech.]
So now things need to happen fast.
Decisions must be made.
Do we let Cappelen drive into the city, perhaps with a load of drugs in the car? Then it was decided.
To ram him.
[engine revving.]
Cappelen is in shock, I assume.
Tries to to get out of the situation.
He hadn't done anything wrong.
He hadn't met anyone.
We didn't do this.
He didn't do that.
The other criminal was arrested afterwards.
And they found amphetamine and weapons on the night stand in the hotel room.
Cappelen is scared of going to prison.
He doesn't like it.
And that's how we got the upper hand on him.
So I presented him with the possibility of a more lenient treatment in exchange for him being our informant.
And he eventually agreed.
Like he's grasping for the last straw so he can avoid being taken into custody.
I thought about handing him over to someone else who could keep tabs on him and saw Eirik Jensen further down the corridor.
I thought, "Yes, he's a good guy to take on that role.
" So I introduced him to Cappelen, and we went into the office, and they talked together and and found the necessary chemistry to make it work.
I reckon I saw someone sly, a chameleon.
I realized right away that he had the potential for He lied with ease.
Put it that way.
And he's willing and cynical enough to to expose people in his own social circle.
The informant does not appear in a single document.
He's anonymous, so code names are used.
Cappelen was registered under the code name GT007.
So he thought 007 was really cool.
He wanted to be, uh, a super agent and worked hard for it.
I think Cappelen turned informant because he wanted to be seen and that he wanted to release the excitement.
It is exciting, but it's also clearly dangerous.
And it later proved to be too dangerous.
Jensen and Cappelen's first big case together is in the fall of 1993, and it's known as the "Plane Drop Case.
" [Olsen.]
The Plane Drop Case eventually became a big case.
An import of large amounts of amphetamine.
The build-up to the Plane Drop Case is controversial.
But according to Eirik Jensen's version, this is about Gjermund Cappelen, who had got to know a bunch of shady characters [camera shutter clicking.]
and bragged about how he had amazing contacts in Holland and could get whatever amount of amphetamine with only a few days' notice.
Someone heard about this.
Uh, and the people listening were members of the so-called Mob of the North.
The Mob of the North was, at the time, the most talked about violent gang.
The leader was a strongman who wasn't afraid to use his muscle against other people.
DRUG RING WITH MAFIA-LIKE DISCIPLINE So the Mob of the North seeks out Cappelen and threatens him and says, "You'll help us with this, or things will not end well for you.
" [Jensen.]
He comes to me and tells me he's been threatened.
"They want me to get them a hundred kilos of amphetamine.
" "And they're completely nuts.
" That's more or less word for word.
Then a decision was made.
"Okay, we're in.
" And the basis for their decision was of the principle of necessity.
And this led to Cappelen taking on the role of finding out what was going to happen, when it would happen.
Then the race was on, and it never stopped.
My name is Gunnar Evertsen, and in the early '90s, I sold a lot of dope in Oslo.
[engine turns over.]
Yes, anyways.
Cappelen comes to my door and, uh, offers to arrange ten kilos of amphetamine for me.
So we agreed to drive down the next day.
And we go.
 We drive, uh, a white Camaro with me in the passenger seat and Gjermund in the back seat.
We made a quick stop in Christiania, where I bought some hash for the journey, then we drive to Holland.
We check into a hotel that I can't remember the name of.
And as soon as we got there, Gjermund started setting up the amphetamine deal.
I think it was less than a fucking hour after we checked in that I had the bag in the room.
With ten kilos of amphetamine.
I check out the goods.
The quality is good.
But we had no means of transport.
I'd been in southern Norway and spoke to the pilot, and he was absolutely not interested at all in doing this trip in '93.
We already knew this before we bought the goods.
But oddly enough, it sorted itself out afterwards.
Oddly enough, the pilot later contacted me.
He could do the trip after all.
So this plane was on its way to Norway, but we didn't know where it was going to land or drop or whatever.
So we placed surveillance bases all along the coast.
And then the plane was spotted.
There's a police detective on top of a tree filming this Cessna airplane [chuckles.]
gliding over the beautiful forests of southern Norway.
And he catches the plane on film as it flies over and sees the drop from the plane into a small body of water.
So the evidence is very compelling, what happened.
Everyone was arrested.
I haven't the darnedest idea how many we locked up, but it was quite a lot.
TEN CAUGHT LAST NIGH This case, at the time, was a success.
It was a large shipment of amphetamine.
We had got our hands on the Mob of the North, which we knew were committing crimes.
So, uh, we were able to stop them, which we were happy about, so we had marzipan cake at work.
[Gunnar Evertsen.]
I fell for it.
Straight into the trap.
Well, the versions of the Plane Drop Case told by Øyvind Olsen and Eirik Jensen is, put mildly, incorrect.
[static crackles.]
So fuck them.
Fuck Eirik Jensen to hell and back.
What an idiot.
What was he thinking? Didn't he realize that he was being used from day one? [exhales.]
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