Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story 10/31/03

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There were numerous examples of alleged drug war cop corruption this week, but none rose to the level of meriting special attention here. Instead, what we see is the dreary, day-to-day low-level corruption and hypocrisy engendered by US drug policies. Among this week's dishonorable mentions:

  • Mosses City, Alabama, Police Chief Henry Gordon was arrested by the state's 2nd Judicial Drug Task Force October 22 and charged with possessing crack cocaine. He is suspended without pay pending trial.
  • Former Brodnax, Virginia, Police Chief Bruno Crutchfield and former Virginia state trooper Marshall King were re-indicted by federal prosecutors on drug conspiracy and related charges October 24. The pair had earlier been convicted of running a crack cocaine sales ring and received double-digit federal prison sentences, but that conviction was overturned after allegations of perjury by prosecution witnesses. The new indictments set the stage for a new trial.
  • Also on October 24, South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper Tony Caldwell was arrested by state police on charges he helped his father sell crack cocaine, bootleg alcohol, and gambling tickets. Caldwell faces two counts of crack distribution, while his father, Eugene Caldwell, faces two counts of crack distribution, as well as charges of unlawfully storing liquor, bookmaking, possession of marijuana, and operating a business without a license. Trooper Caldwell is suspended without pay pending trial.

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