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Tag: police corruption

Sheriff Charged with Civil Rights Violations and Lying to FBI

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A County Sheriff in Kentucky and his four deputies found themselves on the wrong end of a 10-count indictment, the Justice Department announced on Thursday.

The indictment charges that the defendants–Barren County Sheriff Christopher Easton and deputies Danny McGown, Aaron Bennett, Adam Minor, and Eric Guffey–violated a victim’s civil rights by using unreasonable force on an injured man, reports Surfky News Group. The victim was captured following a vehicle pursuit on Feb. 24, 2011.

Each of the defendants were also charged with making false statements to the FBI over the assault. Sheriff Eaton was also charged with falsifying police reports and tampering with a witness, directing the witness to write false reports, in an effort to cover up the incident.

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Ex-Chicago Cop Pleads Guilty to Crimes Involving Latin Kings Gang

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Another story from the city known for deep dish pizza, hot dogs and public corruption: a former Chicago police officer pleaded guilty Friday to a series of charges involving collusion with the violent Latin Kings street gang.

Antonio C. Martinez Jr., a 40-year-old former Chicago police officer, faces a possible lifetime sentence on charges including racketeering conspiracy; conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana; robbery; and using a firearm while committing the crimes, according to a statement from the Justice Department.

A series of robberies committed between 2004 and 2006 were done under the direction of the Latin Kings, Martinez admitted. He used his status as a police officer to facilitate the robberies, many of which were committed against drug traffickers in the region. He also admitted to picking up and dropping off packages of cocaine multiple times for the gang.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 14.

Respected Ex-Sheriff Arrested, Taken to Prison that Bears His Name

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

In a movie-like twist of fate, a former Colorado sheriff was arrested by officers from the department he once presided over, then taken to the prison named after him, reports the New York Times.

Retired republican sheriff Patrick Sullivan was arrested Tuesday afternoon for attempting to exchange methamphetamines for sex with a man.

Police began investigating Sullivan on November 17, after authorities received tips that the 68-year-old former sheriff of Arapahoe County might be involved in methamphetamines, according to the Times. The investigation led to a home on Tuesday where Sullivan allegedly showed up to exchange drugs for sex with a man.

Two confidential informers admitted to police they had exchanged sexual activities for drugs with Sullivan before.

The Times describes Sullivan as a beloved figure of Colorado law enforcement, “a straight-shooting Republican sheriff who once crashed a Jeep through a fence to rescue two deputies from a gunman.” Many were shocked by his arrest.

“I just cannot believe this happened,” Robert R. Gallagher Jr., a former district attorney for the 18th Judicial District in Colorado, which includes Arapahoe County, told the Times. “This is not the Pat Sullivan I served with and respected so much. Something here doesn’t meet the eye.”

Steve Ward, a former state senator and past Arapahoe County commissioner, said he, too, was stunned by the news.

“It’s like waking up and reading a headline that says ‘Scientists Have Now Determined the Earth Is Flat,’ ” said Steve Ward, a former state senator and Arapahoe County Commissioner. “It’s incomprehensible.”

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ATF Investigates Sacramento Deputies on Illegal Weapons Sales

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The ATF is investigation Deputies from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department surrounding illegal weapon sales at the Rio Consumes Correction Center, in Elk Grover, Calif., reports local ABC affiliate News10.

Several deputies are being investigated, but ATF Resident Agent in Charge Graham Barlow, who is leading the investigation, said no arrests have been made.

Scott Jones, the Sacramento County Sheriff, has known about the investigations, which have been ongoing for some time. His spokesman told ABC that the matter was ongoing and personal, and had no further comments. Barlow did not release details.

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Chicago Cop Kept DEA From Investigating Trafficker/Informant Who Went on to Play Role in 3 Murders

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Shades of mobster Whitey Bulger?

You might recall that the Boston FBI created one heck of mess when it continually covered for Whitey Bulger, an FBI informant, while he was off killing people and committing other serious crimes. In fact, one of the agents is now behind bars.

Well, in Chicago, drug trafficker Saul Rodriguez, who was a Chicago police informant, has told the feds he was involved in three murders after Chicago cop Glenn Lewellen, who was his handler, talked the DEA out of investigating him in the 1990s, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

He also told the feds that he and Lewellen were partners in crime and ripped off drugs dealers and split millions of dollars in proceeds, the Sun-Times reported.

Rodriguez pleaded guilty last month to federal drug conspiracy charges and has agreed to testify against Lewellen and other defendants, the Sun-Times reported. The information about his crimes was contained in a 188-page document containing juicy evidence prosecutors plan to use against Lewellen and others.

Rodriguez was an informant for Lewellen for years, according to the Sun-Times. Prosecutors said that from 1996 to 2001, the Chicago Police Department paid Rodriguez $807,000 for information leading to seizures of drugs and cash, all the while committing crimes while Lewellen kept him out of prison, the Sun-Times reported.

According to court document, Lewellen persuaded the DEA to stop investigating Rodriguez in 1996 after 154 pounds of marijuana were seized from his Buick by telling the DEA an investigation of Rodriguez would harm ongoing cases, the Sun-Times reported. Rodriguez was subsequently involved in the murders of three people in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

Lewellen retired in 2002 to become a homebuilder. But in 2006, even after leaving the department “he still managed to obstruct a separate DEA investigation of Rodriguez,” by telling Rodriguez not to talk to a drug courier whose phone was tapped, the Sun-Times reports.

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