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When cops go bad

Posted in Law Enforcement News September 21st, 2009 @ 9:40 am

Recently in Chicago four former members of a now disbanded Chicago Police Unit admitted to taking part in home invasions and thefts. Even though these bad cops stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from suspected drug dealers and others, their conduct was unacceptable.

The prosecutor in the case read a 17-page synopsis of what they admitted to doing. The officers pulled over motorists without cause, grabbed their keys and stormed into their homes, falsified reports, pocketed huge sums of money and even shook each other down for money. In fact, they withheld insulin from a diabetic man until he told them where to find the cash.

Several of the former members of this elite drug and gang unit called the Special Operations Section still face charges that include plotting to hire someone to murder another member of the unit to keep him from talking to the government. All of this happened between 2003 and 2005.

Law enforcement is there to serve and protect the community. However, when rogue police officers use their authority to shake down people, steal and rob they are criminals just like any other criminal and should be prosecuted to the full extend of the law.

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