Owner of ‘Polygraph.com’ Indicted for Allegedly Training Customers to Lie During Federally Administered Polygraph Examinations

A former Oklahoma City law enforcement officer and owner of “Polygraph.com” has been indicted on obstruction of justice and mail fraud charges for allegedly training customers to lie and conceal crimes during polygraph examinations.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting Assistant Commissioner Mark Morgan of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Internal Affairs and Special Agent in Charge James E. Finch of the FBI’s Oklahoma City Field Office made the announcement.

Douglas Williams, 69, of Norman, Oklahoma, was charged in a five-count indictment in the Western District of Oklahoma with mail fraud and obstruction.  According to allegations in the indictment, Williams, the owner and operator of “Polygraph.com,” marketed his training services to people appearing for polygraph examinations before federal law enforcement agencies, federal intelligence agencies, and state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as people required to take polygraph examinations under the terms of their parole or probation.

The indictment further alleges that Williams trained an individual posing as a federal law enforcement officer to lie and conceal involvement in criminal activity from an internal agency investigation.  Williams is also alleged to have trained a second individual posing as an applicant seeking federal employment to lie and conceal crimes in a pre-employment polygraph examination.  Williams, who was paid for both training sessions, is alleged to have instructed the individuals to deny having received his polygraph training.

The charges contained in an indictment are merely accusations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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FBI Agents Misconduct

FBI Agent Misconduct Frees Over a Dozen Convicts From Prison
At least a dozen convicted criminals and individuals awaiting trial on drug charges have been mysteriously released from jail in the Washington DC area. The inmates were serving sentences for distributing drugs.According to official court documents, not only were some of the released convicts serving sentences for drug dealing, but several who were freed were awaiting trial on drug charges.In the majority of cases, the convicts and accused were released with “little or vague public notice”.

According to a (1) report in the Washington Post, neither the felons nor suspects had their convictions overturned or their charges dropped. Some of the felons have been placed on home detention. In what is known as a “holding pattern”, the convicts on home detention are waiting on the conclusion of the investigation.

So why exactly have a group of criminals and suspected criminals been mysteriously freed from prison?
An investigation into possible misconduct carried out by an FBI agent has been pinned on authorities being compelled to discreetly release thousands of convicts.

In September 2014, allegations of the FBI agent’s misconduct first surfaced. On October 31, 2014, the agent was suspended indefinitely.

All of the cases the FBI was involved in were related to drug charges. In one incident, eight convicts and a suspect who was pleading not guilty were granted home detention. A criminal who had been serving a ten-year sentence and had only served nine months was released from a state prison in North Carolina.

The mass release of convicted drug dealers was (2) described by the defense lawyers involved in the case as “virtually unprecedented”.

“I’ve never, ever seen something like this before,” said Robert Lee Jenkins Jr., a lawyer who is representing the defendant who plead not guilty to drug conspiracy charges.

The alleged misconduct of the FBI agent has not been disclosed. Prosecutors are being forced to drop cases, some involving tracing heroin and cocaine, due to police misconduct. But as the Washington Post highlights, it is rare for those who have been found guilty to be freed. The fact that some many convicts and defendants have been released from prison, suggests, as Lawyer Jenkins Jr. says:

“It suggests to me that whatever is going on is very significant.”

The agent who has been suspended has not been named. Neither has he been criminally charged. However, a statement made by the US attorney’s office said it is “conducting a case-by-case review of matters in which the FBI agent at issue played some role”.

“We have already began taking steps to address the issue and are committed to doing everything that is necessary to preserve the integrity of the criminal justice process.”

Officials from the FBI and the Washington DC police department failed to comment.

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Gregory English, a defense lawyer representing one of the defendants who were awaiting trial described the case as “stunning”.

As “stunning” and “unprecedented” a case involving the release of such a large amount of convicts and suspects due to police misconduct might be, it is not the first time it has happened.

In 1987, 300 pending criminal trials were suspended due to an investigation into D.C police officers practicing misconduct in drugs and money raids. Furthermore, 12 inmates who have been found guilty and sent to prison, had their convictions dismissed.

Here at Top Secret Writers we endeavor to share with readers news about authority misconduct and police cover ups. For example (3), in 2012, TSW reporter Dennis wrote about two former Tennessee sheriff deputies being indicted for violating civil rights of Darrin Ring. According to Ring, the Tennessee Sheriff Deputies stripped him naked in the snow, beat him and then shocked him with a stun device during his arrest.

Another case of authority misconduct/corruption took place in August this year. One of the leading undercover FBI agents who had gathered the political corruption case against Leland Lee the California state Senator, was dismissed from the investigation due to his own financial indecorums.

The release of more than a dozen criminals due to implications involving an FBI agent is just the latest example of agents being placed under investigation for their own corruption or misconduct.

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Study: Black arrest rate higher across region

Black people in the Louisville area were arrested two to three times more often than non-blacks in 2011 and 2012, according to a study of FBI data conducted by USA Today.

Specifically, blacks were 2.6 times more likely to be arrested by Louisville Metro Police and 6.6 times more likely to be arrested by St. Matthews Police, the highest ratio in the state, the data show.

Shively Police, meanwhile, showed the lowest disparity of 11 departments in the area, with blacks being 1.2 times more likely to be arrested. The national disparity rate was 3.2, according to the study.

The study comes after tensions between law enforcement and civilians were cast into the national spotlight after a white police officer shot a black teen in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury decision on whether to indict the officer is expected this week.

The USA Today data showed blacks in Ferguson were 2.8 times more likely to be arrested than non-blacks.

Jeannine Bell, a law professor at Indiana University, said while the disparities do not equal discrimination, it’s important to “tease out what is happening” to determine if policies could be improved.

Police say many things factor into arrests and that should be taken into account when discussing the disparity.

Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said that you have to look at why each arrest was made.

“One of the things that we have to do rather than just relying on plain numbers … is you have to look at the validity of each arrest,” Smiley said. “Basically that comes down to examining each individual arrest to see when it occurred, why it occurred, where it occurred, what were the charges, etc.”

Black people represented 43.7 percent of the 62,532 arrests reported to the FBI by metro police in 2011 and 2012, while Louisville is about 23 percent black, according to 2010 U.S. Census data.

The analysis shows that disparities across the nation fall on a wide spectrum. Some towns show no signs of racial disparity, while in others — such as Livingston, N.J. — blacks are 43 times more likely to be arrested than non-blacks.

Of the 3,538 police departments examined, only 173 arrested black people at a rate lower than other racial groups.

A look at 11 local police and sheriff’s departments — including departments in Indiana and Oldham County — showed the largest disproportion in arrests occurred in St. Matthews. That small city is about 6 percent black, yet blacks made up nearly 30 percent of arrests by its police department in 2011 and 2012.

Calls to St. Matthews Police were not returned Tuesday.

Elsewhere, blacks were 2.6 times more likely to be arrested in Jeffersontown, and 2.5 times more likely to be arrested in Oldham. Bullitt County was not included in the USA Today analysis.

In Indiana, Clarksville Police showed a disparity of 3.6. But in neighboring Jeffersonville, blacks were only 2 times more likely to be arrested.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office had a disparity of 2.2, and New Albany Police came in at 2.9.

Bell said that law enforcement agencies with pronounced disparities should examine their practices and not rely on existing profiling seminars or in-service training.

“It doesn’t seem fair, especially given history, to show a differential arrest rate and automatically accept what law enforcement may say about it, which is to say this is based on law-breaking rates,” Bell said, adding that actual incidence of crime and arrest rates might not necessarily match up based off policing styles.

Ricky Jones, director of the University of Louisville’s Center on Race and Inequality, said the disparity “needs to be given proper weight.” Public policy needs to focus on the problems affecting blacks across the country, he said, which is still plagued by a history of discrimination.

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“Police officers come from that society,” Jones said. “I’m not saying all police are racist. Absolutely not. But racial stereotypes and norms play into policing just as they do other parts of life.”

In Indiana, an analysis of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department showed black people were 3.4 times as likely to be arrested.

Major Andrew Sands, Floyd County Jail Commander, said he’s seen the racial disproportion of arrests stay consistent from year to year, but there are other factors to take into account.

“There’s probably some more data we should be collecting on the jail side to better explain the numbers to folks to make it not so ‘the police are profiling,’ ” Sands said. “I think you need to look at it from multiple areas and not just race.”

He suggested looking at socio-economic status and said policing based off crime “hot spots” can help reduce the fears of profiling.

Just last month, a study of recent traffic stops commissioned by Louisville Metro Police stated that there was no definitive proof of racial profiling by the department. The study also showed racial disparity, with black people searched and arrested about twice as often as other drivers, according to the data analyzed by U of L researchers.

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Do cops target blacks? FBI stats show arrest disparity

African-Americans were arrested at some of the highest rates in the country in Monmouth and Ocean counties, according to a review of FBI records.

The statistics for 2011-2012 show that in several Shore communities, blacks accounted for up to 44 percent of arrests in towns where the black population was less than 15 percent of total residents, according to the FBI data compiled by USA Today. Of the 19 local police departments that self-reported their arrest numbers to the FBI, the biggest disparities were seen at the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department and the Wall police department in Monmouth, and the Lakewood police department in Ocean.

Arrest rates and race have come into sharper focus in recent weeks following the shooting death of a Michael Brown, a black, unarmed suspect, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. But while the FBI statistics show the racial disparity, a gulf of opinions divide the reasons. Some people of color will quickly point to the disparity as racial profiling of African-Americans. While it could be an underlying factor, police agencies and others say that there are a number of reasons that go beyond race.

Check your county: Arrest rates by race

“It doesn’t mean that police are discriminating,” David Harris, a University of Pittsburgh law professor, told USA Today. “But it does mean it’s worth looking at. It means you might have a problem and you need to pay attention.”

Harris said that while “disparity is not discrimination,” people whose local police departments have disparity issues “would have a legitimate reason to go to his or her police department and say what gives, explain this.”

Brookdale Community College student Jeffrey “Jay” Michel recounts the moments before his arrest on the Middeltown campus that was captured in a viral video. VIDEO EDITED BY THOMAS P. COSTELLO

The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department, which had the most arrests of the 19 police agencies in both counties, showed the greatest disparity. In 2011-12, 6,768 arrests made and 3,010 were of black suspects, or 44.5 percent, according to USA Today’s analysis. Monmouth County has a black population of 7 percent, or about 46,400 residents. The arrests were mostly because of outstanding warrants, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

In Wall, a township where just 638 of its 26,100 residents are black, 17 percent of their arrests — 468 of them — were African-Americans. In Lakewood, where just 6 percent of the population is black, 35 percent of the arrests in 2011-2012 were of African-Americans.

“The hard questions you want to answer is what’s behind those numbers, what types of crimes they are, the and the time period,” said Al Della Fave, the spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s office. Of note, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department reported that nearly 45 percent of its arrests in 2011-2012 were of African-Americans.

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Brookdale student Jeffrey “Jay” Michel is interviewed at the Asbury Park Press in Neptune, NJ, Tuesday, November 18, 2014. His arrest at Brookdale Community College was captured in a viral video. STAFF VIDEO BY BRIAN JOHNSTON

Calls to Wall Township police and the Monmouth County Sheriff were not returned. Della Fave, who said that a majority of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department’s arrests come from outstanding warrants, offered the fluctuating population of the Shore as another explanation for the some of the skewed numbers.

“Our county is strange because we have the summer influx,” he said. “We have two populations: we have the winter population and we have the summer population.

“During the vacation season, the population almost quadruples,” he added. “You’ve got to take that into account.” Della Fave also said that prosecutor Joseph Coronato, who took office in 2013, would look into the numbers to get a better understanding of why disparity is happening.

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“We Live It Every Day”

Fred Rush has a long history of witnessing and dealing with racial tension and racial issues in Lakewood. The president of Ocean County’s NAACP chapter said that the numbers, particularly in Lakewood, are indicative of a bigger problem between the police and its black residents.

“One would say that it because of the community we live in,” Rush said. “We are essentially three communities: the Orthodox, the Hispanics and blacks. It’s a big concern of ours and we’re trying to deal with it.”

Rush said that they have noticed the disparities for years and he also wonders what the real answers are, feeling that no straight answers are given.

“You can ask that question as many times as they want and they will tell you that they don’t (racially) profile,” Rush said. “But one has to believe to some degree that they do. In Lakewood, that’s something that I notice.

“I go to the courts a lot and I’ll just sit and look at the disparity,” he added. “When you look at the (black) population and then look at our courts. There’s a few scattered Caucasians, a lot of Hispanics, and then blacks and that’s just on the municipal level.”

Rush is currently attempting to get the four Lakewood High School football players that are currently awaiting trial on robbery charges to be tried as juveniles. Rush said that he has been asked by judges why he’s in court and he said it’s “just to see how justice is being administered.”

Lakewood Police Chief Robert Lawson could not be reached for comment.

Rush acknowledged that profiling is not the only reason behind the disparity in arrests, saying that societal factors such as lack of education, unemployment and a damaged family structure help contribute to criminal behavior.

“All that goes on here, and it’s not condoned, but I would surely say that this is not a way of life here,” Rush said. “Disparities are disparities and discriminatory and it’s a big problem here in Lakewood.”

Rush said that a lot of the issues in Lakewood do not receive much exposure. He said that the problems of African-Americans, particularly young black men, being arrested is a distinct problem that goes beyond numbers.

“It’s not something that we just noticed,” he said. “You can bring out statistics, but we live it every day and we see it. There’s more of a propensity for (a black male) to get stopped than for somebody white.”

“Do we have problems? Yes. We have tremendous problems,” he added. “You don’t really have to be extremely educated to see the disparate treatment of our people and especially with the justice system. You don’t have to be a rocket scientists to know that.”

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Newton cop accused of exposing himself during traffic stops

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NEWTON — A Newton police officer was caught on videotape unzipping his pants and exposing himself to young men during at least five traffic stops, an arrest affidavit says.

Jason R. Miller, 37, of Hampton, was arrested on allegations that he exposed his genitals to motorists “to satisfy his prurient interests” and then let them leave without issuing traffic summonses, a complaint filed Monday says.

Miller, a police officer since July 2001, turned himself in at the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office Monday and was released on $35,000 bail with a 10 percent option. He is indefinitely suspended without pay pending the outcome of the criminal case.

“The allegations against Jason Miller represent a grave abuse of authority for which there is absolutely zero tolerance,” a press release from the Newton police and prosecutor’s office said.

He was charged with two counts of second-degree official misconduct, one count of third-degree pattern of official misconduct and the disorderly persons offense of lewdness.

Miller’s attorney, Anthony Iacullo, said his client “vehemently denies these allegations.”

“He is an excellent officer and has served Newton for over a decade,” Iacullo said. “When this case is litigated in the court of law, we are confident that he will be exonerated as it relates to all charges.”

The investigation began on Oct. 23 when the Newton Police Department received an anonymous email tip from a man who felt sexually harassed when a Newton police officer allegedly exposed himself during a traffic stop.

After reviewing a videotape of the stop, Newton police and detectives from the prosecutor’s office tracked down the complainant, referred to as A.B., and interviewed him about the incident.

The investigation found the following, according to the arrest affidavit:

• A.B., a 22-year-old man, was driving home from O’Reilly’s Pub around midnight Oct. 23 when he was stopped on Lower Spring Street. The officer took A.B.’s paperwork and went back to his vehicle.

He then returned to A.B.’s vehicle and explained that he was not giving him a ticket. At that time, A.B. noticed the officer’s zipper was down and it appeared as though his genitals were exposed.

A.B. told investigators a friend of his, referred to as K.K., had a similar experience with a Newton officer and gave them K.K.’s name and phone number.

• K.K., a 23-year-old man, told police he was driving his friend home one night when he was stopped on Clinton Street. During the stop, the officer allegedly asked if K.K. noticed the officer’s zipper was down and he answered no.

Once the stop was over, K.K. dropped his friend off at his house and turned onto Water Street.

He then realized the officer was following him again so he drove to Stuart Street and then Diller Avenue. He then crossed onto Sussex Street and as he was about to turn left on Pine Street when the officer pulled up next to him and motioned for him to roll down his window.

K.K. complied and the officer again asked if he noticed that his fly was down. K.K. said no.

The officer then asked if the person he was dropping off was his boyfriend. K.K. said no and told him he has a girlfriend. The officer then told him to have a good night and left the area.

K.K. told investigators he thought the officer was playing “some sick joke” since he never noticed or looked at the officer’s fly.

After finding the first two men, the police reviewed videos and audio recordings of Miller’s traffic stops. According to the arrest affidavit, the following was found:

• J.A., an 18-year-old man, was stopped on Plotts Road on Sept. 2. When the officer approached, J.A. noticed the zipper was down and thought Miller was either exposing himself or wearing pink or flesh-colored underwear.

The officer did not issue a ticket to J.A. even though his registration and insurance were both expired.

J.A. also saw through his rearview mirror the officer zip up his pants at the end of the stop. Video shows Miller attempting to cover his genital area and placing his hand inside the opening as he walks back to his car.

• N.S., a 26-year-old man, was stopped on Aug. 31 at 2:39 a.m. but was not issued a ticket. Video shows the officer’s pants open and his genitals exposed.

• C.S., a 26-year-old man, was stopped on March 18 at 12:58 a.m., for driving 16 mph over the speed limit. C.S. acknowledged coming from a bar and drinking alcohol, but Miller did not issue him summonses or investigate whether C.S. was driving while intoxicated.

The audio recording appears to have the sound of a zipper either opening or closing.

The Newton police and prosecutor’s office are continuing to investigate and review tapes of late night and early morning stops involving Miller and young men.

The two said the investigation was made possible by the witnesses who came “forth despite feelings that there could be potential retaliation” and because of the Newton Police Department’s systems “to encourage community engagement as well as maintaining a culture of accountability and responsiveness to the public.”

The press release said there is no indication that other Newton police officers knew about the misconduct.

Police are asking that persons who experienced similar incidents or who have information about the allegations contact the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-383-1570.

Miller is scheduled to be in court on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

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This Week’s Corrupt Cops Stories

A Baltimore cop who insisted on arresting the wrong guy is in trouble, a suburban Chicago cop who tried to be a little too helpful to some women has lost his job, and a Tennessee cop facing federal drug-related money laundering charges retires with his benefits. Let’s get to it:

In Baltimore, a Baltimore police officer was charged last Fridaywith arresting on drug charges a man he knew was innocent. Officer Steven Slack was part of an arrest team directed to detain a man observed by hidden officers making a hand-to-hand drug deal, but he placed the wrong person under arrest. Even though he was informed by the observing officers that he had the wrong guy, Slack arrested him anyway and wrote up an arrest report claiming he had committed the crime. Slack is now charged with official misconduct and perjury.

In Newport, Tennessee, a Newport police officer facing money laundering charges retired last Wednesday. Former Captian Roger Lynn Schults, 54, had been indicted in July on one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and three counts of money laundering along with another Newport police officer, the officer’s wife, who is a city alderwoman, and their son. The federal charges involve a hydrocodone distribution ring. It looks like Schults will get his retirement benefits, too, according to his brother, Newport Police Chief Maurice Schults.

In Hoffman Estates, Illinois, a Hoffman Estates police officer has resigned after being caught phoning female partiers at a local hotel and warning them that police were on the way because of a marijuana smoke and loud noise complaint. The officer, who has not been named, had met the two women earlier in the evening during a traffic stop. One of the women, who was later arrested on a prostitution charge, told arriving officers “one of your cops keeps calling us, and he just called telling us the cops were on the way.” He signed a separation agreement with the department in September, and faces no administrative or criminal charges.

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Court throws out alleged Baldwin murder confession

Georgia’s supreme court has thrown out a videotaped confession allegedly made by a murder suspect.

On Monday, they ruled that Baldwin County investigator continued to question suspect Artenimus Mack after he said he didn’t want to talk anymore.

The court said the Baldwin sheriff’s office violated his constitutional right to remain silent.

Mack is accused of killing Travin Montez Davis, who was found shot to death by the side of a road in Baldwin on Oct. 31, 2012.

The murder case has not yet gone to trial.

Mack is currently in state prison, serving time on an unrelated case.

Monday’s ruling means that his confession in the Davis can’t be used in his trial.

According to the Georgia Supreme Court’s account of the case, Mack was arrested on Nov. 1, 2012 in Gwinnett County with 2 pounds of marijuana in his car.

He said he saw another man shoot Davis during a drug deal.

When officers accused him of lying, according to the court, Mack said several times, “I’m done.”

“Ya’ll going to sit here and just tell me my story is a lie…I have no more to say,” he added. “You’re going to charge me, man, charge me. Take me in. Let’s rock. I’m ready to go.”

Baldwin County investigator Robert Langford continued to question him that night and again the next day.

On the night of Nov. 1, the court says, Mack asked to speak to Langford again and confessed to the shooting.

A grand jury charged him with murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
His lawyer later argued that Langford violated Mack’s right to remain silent.

The trial court ruled that Mack “did not unequivocally invoke his right to remain silent” and that he “purposefully reinitiated” the final conversation with the investigator.

The state Supreme Court disagreed. They said Langford “blatantly ignored” Mack’s Fifth Amendment rights on Nov. 1 and, the next day, “repeatedly implored, badgered, and cajoled Mack to tell the truth.”

Mack is currently serving time in Ware State Prison after being convicted of aggravated assault, battery and other charges in Washington County last year.

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Baltimore police officers charged with bribery

Baltimore prosecutors charged two city police officers on Friday with bribery and conspiracy in connection with a towing scandal that has involved more than a dozen officers.

Prosecutors say Baltimore police officers Jose Arroyo and Charles Grimes were involved in a scheme where Majestic Auto Body Repair shop in Rosedale bribed officers to funnel tow and repair jobs to the business rather than a city-authorized company

Documents reveal new names, allegations in Baltimore Police towing scandal

“They’re due their constitutional right, their day in court, their due process,” Baltimore police union president Gene Ryan said. “If they’re wrong they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. … Police officers are held to a higher standard. If they did what they are accused of, they make us all look bad.”

The scheme was busted up in February 2011 when U.S. prosecutors filed federal charges against 17 officers they said were getting kickbacks from Majestic owners. More than 50 officers were implicated overall, according to court records and statements from prosecutors at the time.

Over the past few years, 15 of the officers have been sentenced to prison in federal court. Another officer pleaded guilty to theft in state court. Two Majestic owners were also convicted on federal charges and sentenced to prison.

Prosecutors say they are charging Arroyo and Grimes now, nearly three years after the initial investigation, because they have completed their probe into the scandal. No more officers are expected to be charged, State’s Attorney’s Office spokesman Tony Savage said.

“We have now completed what has been a lengthy and complex investigation, which has resulted in the charges that were issued today,” he said in an email.

In 2007, Grimes was among six Baltimore officers involved in the arrest of a 7-year-old boy for sitting on a dirt bike, which are illegal in Baltimore. The boy was taken into custody and handcuffed to a bench at police headquarters. Then-Mayor Sheila Dixon and then-Police Commissioner Leonard Hamm publicly rebuked the officers.

About 10 days later, police launched what they said was a drug investigation that resulted in the arrest of the boy’s mother.

The boy’s family believed the arrest came in retaliation to the criticism the officers had faced.

The family filed a $40 million civil suit against the officers in 2010 but a jury rejected the claims.

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Baltimore police officer charged with perjury after allegedly knowingly arresting wrong man

BALTIMORE — Officials say a Baltimore police officer has been charged with perjury and misconduct after arresting a man he allegedly knew was innocent.

Baltimore Police Department Officer Steven Slack has been charged with perjury and two counts of misconduct stemming from an arrest in January 2013. Officials say Slack signed a statement of probable cause for the arrest even after other officers at the scene told the officer that the man he detained was innocent.

A number listed for Slack could not receive messages on Thursday.

Baltimore Police Department spokesman Detective Jeremy Silbert says Slack is suspended from the force with pay. Silbert said Slack has been with the department since 2006.

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Police Lieutenant Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Drug Conspiracy

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Originally published on November 4, 2014, at NationofChange.org

Operating with full oversight of the Arkansas State Police evidence room, Lieutenant Sedrick Reed repeatedly stole large amounts of confiscated heroin and cocaine then sold the drugs to a known felon. As the FBI launched an investigation, agents caught video surveillance of Lieutenant Reed stealing narcotics and delivering them to a drug dealer’s home. After pleading guilty to a drug conspiracy charge, Reed has been sentenced to 11 years and 3 months in prison and asset forfeiture.

As the Arkansas State Police began to notice heroin and cocainedisappearing from their evidence vault, law enforcement officials notified the FBI and assisted in the investigation of Lieutenant Reed. After acquiring a confidential informant, the FBI arranged a sting to catch Reed in the act. On July 12, 2013, the FBI informant called Lamont Johnson and requested to purchase 9 ounces of cocaine.

Unaware the FBI had a court-authorized Title III wiretap on his phone, Johnson agreed to the deal then called Reed. After Johnson ordered 9 ounces of cocaine from Reed, video surveillance shows Reed entering the evidence room and removing a box of narcotics. Reed took the box into an adjoining room with scales and cut the evidence seal before returning the cocaine. An inspection of the evidence box later revealed over 26 ounces of cocaine had been stolen.

Video surveillance of Johnson’s home shows Reed delivering a package less than an hour before the drug deal. Under visual and electronic surveillance, the FBI informant bought 9 ounces of cocaine from Johnson. The FBI recovered the purchased cocaine from their informant and tested it against the tampered box of cocaine from the evidence locker.

Six days later, Reed and Johnson were arrested for possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine. Law enforcement seized $30,073 from Reed’s home and $57,595 at Johnson’s residence. Reed was immediately terminated following his arrest.

“It’s a very sad day when a law enforcement officer violates the public trust,” stated Christopher Thyer, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. “Thankfully, because of the integrity and leadership at the Arkansas State Police, information regarding Lt. Reed’s illegal actions was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to ferret out the dishonesty by one of their own.”

On August 7, 2013, a grand jury indicted Reed and Johnson with federal narcotics and firearms charges. Facing charges of drug conspiracy, cocaine distribution, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute heroin, and possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, Reed eventually pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances on July 30. According to the plea bargain, the government has agreed to drop the remaining charges against Reed.

At his plea hearing, Reed admitted to participating in a conspiracy to distribute between five and fifteen kilograms (11 and 33lbs) of cocaine between 2006 and 2013. He confessed to stealing drugs from a traffic stop and from the evidence room. Reed also admitted to profiting in excess of $200,000 from the resale of these stolen narcotics. Along with the 11-year prison sentence, Reed agreed to the forfeiture of bank accounts, real estate property, firearms, vehicles, and over $30,000 in cash constituting proceeds of his illegal conduct.

“Citizens of the Eastern District of Arkansas deserve to know that their law enforcement members are trustworthy law abiding citizens. And when they are not, they will be held accountable for their illegal actions,” declared U.S. Attorney Thyer. “This sentence demonstrates that violating the public trust is taken seriously.”

Johnson’s trial is scheduled for February 3, 2015. He has been charged with drug conspiracy, cocaine distribution, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a defaced firearm, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

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