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Look at that blood on the back
Federal prosecutors announced multiple arrests in a police corruption investigation.
United States Attorney Sally Yates, at a 2 p.m. press conference, said 10 current or former law enforcement officers were arrested Tuesday along with five civilians.
Names and specific charges were not immediately released, but officials said those officers arrested accepted money to protect presumed cocaine traffickers.
From the U.S. Attorney’s Office:
The law enforcement officers arrested today were: Atlanta Police Department (APD) Officer Kelvin Allen, 42, of Atlanta; DeKalb County Police Department (DCPD) Officers Dennis Duren, 32, of Atlanta and Dorian Williams, 25, of Stone Mountain, Georgia; Forest Park Police Department (FPPD) Sergeants Victor Middlebrook, 44, of Jonesboro, Georgia and Andrew Monroe, 57, of Riverdale, Georgia; MARTA Police Department (MARTA) Officer Marquez Holmes, 45, of Jonesboro, Georgia; Stone Mountain Police Department (SMPD) Officer Denoris Carter, 42, of Lithonia, Georgia, and contract Federal Protective Services Officer Sharon Peters, 43, of Lithonia, Georgia. Agents also arrested two former law enforcement officers: former DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) jail officers Monyette McLaurin, 37, of Atlanta, and Chase Valentine, 44, of Covington, Georgia.
Others arrested today were: Shannon Bass, 38, of Atlanta; Elizabeth Coss, 35, of Atlanta; Gregory Lee Harvey, 26, of Stone Mountain, Georgia; Alexander B. Hill, 22, of Ellenwood, Georgia; and Jerry B. Mannery, Jr., 38, of Tucker, Georgia.
According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges and the criminal complaints:
The undercover operation arose out of an ATF investigation of an Atlanta area street gang in August 2011. ATF agents learned from an individual associated with the gang that police officers were involved in protecting the gang’s criminal operations, including drug trafficking crimes. According to this cooperating individual, the officers—while wearing uniforms, driving police vehicles, or otherwise displaying badges—provided security to the gang members during drug deals.
In affidavits filed in support of the charges, an FBI agent described how drug traffickers sometimes recruit law enforcement officers to maintain a physical presence at drug deals. The traffickers hope that the officers’ presence at the drug deals will prevent rival drug groups from intervening and stealing their drugs or money, and also keeps legitimate law enforcement officers away from the scene. In return for the corrupt officers’ services, the drug dealers often pay the officers thousands of dollars, according to the affidavits.
A graphic tattoo and Facebook post aimed at a Minneapolis police officer have landed a St. Louis Park man in jail.
The Hennepin County attorney charges that the tattoo Antonio Frasion Jenkins Jr., 20, put on his arm and on Facebook was a terroristic threat against the officer.
Not so fast, said Chuck Samuelson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota.
“This is the United States of America and we have a Bill of Rights, and that’s a messy thing oftentimes,” he said.
While the images are disgusting and disturbing, Samuelson said, they’re not criminal.
The tattoo on Jenkins’ left bicep depicts a person holding a semi-automatic handgun with the barrel of the gun partially in the mouth of a pig, according to a criminal complaint. The tattoo includes the officer’s name (although it’s misspelled), his badge number and an expletive directed at police. The Facebook post on Jenkins’ page also includes a message about the tattoo: “My tattoo iz a pig get’n his brains blew out.” According to the criminal complaint, 18 people gave the post a “thumbs-up” (or “like”) response.
The officer, a 22-year veteran and a member of the gang investigation team, works in the Third Precinct, an area of the city that includes territory “traditionally claimed by the Bloods,” the complaint said. The officer, who saw the Facebook post Oct. 30, considered it a direct threat against his life. His family is in “fear as a result,” the complaint said.
Jenkins is charged with “terroristic threats (for the benefit of a gang)” which carries a penalty of up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.