Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story 8/28/03

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Although there was tough competition from Detroit, where officers under indictment for drug-related corruption are now accused of harassing witnesses, this week's honors go to an Atlanta Police Department "Officer of the Year" who was indicted on federal racketeering charges August 13. Officer David Allen Freeman, 38, was described in charging papers as the leader of an Atlanta-area drug gang known as the Diablos. Prosecutors charge that he tipped-off the Diablos to police investigations, stole drugs from arrested members of other gangs, and attempted to recruit new members for the Diablos.

Freeman allegedly worked closely with Diablos leader Billy Ladson, also known as "Billy Diablo," and was a key lieutenant in the organization, where he went by the moniker "Day Day," the federal indictment charges. "Day Day" helped control the drug traffic in northwest Atlanta for the Diablos. He is specifically charged with alerting the gang to impending search warrants, setting up other drug dealers for robbery by gang members, and transferring seized cocaine and other drugs to the gang for resale.

Freeman, a 12-year veteran of the force, was named "Officer of the Year" for his zone two weeks earlier. He is suspended with pay pending a hearing with Chief Richard Pennington this week.

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