Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story 1/23/04

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We almost went foreign for the first time in this feature this week, as the Toronto drug squad reels from arrests and associated sleaze, if only to make clear to readers that Canada is not all sweetness and light when it comes to drug enforcement. But the Toronto story has legs, so we keep it in reserve and turn to another police corruption story that also has legs, but that we have so far neglected to mention.

In Detroit, two more officers pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges related to the long-playing scandal over police shakedowns of drug dealers and prostitutes in southwest Detroit in 2000 and 2001. Fifteen other officers face charges, while one has already copped a plea. All are accused of stealing drugs, guns, and money from some drug dealers and planting guns and drugs on others. Two people convicted of drug crimes based on testimony from those officers have been released from prison so far.

This week officers Troy Bradley, 37, of Detroit, and Nicole Rich, 25, of St. Clair Shores, copped pleas and promised to rat out their fellow officers in return for leniency. Bradley pled to conspiracy to deprive someone of his civil rights, a 10-year felony, while Rich pled to a misdemeanor version of the charge. She is looking at a maximum one-year sentence.

In their deals with federal prosecutors, Bradley and Rich both accepted prison time, but according to the Detroit Free Press, Assistant US Attorneys Michael Bullotta and John Engstrom will recommend probation if the pair provide "substantial assistance"—that is, if they testify or otherwise provide information to the help the feds nail the rest of the bad cops. But under the plea bargains, both have to resign from the force, and Bradley will still have to appear in an FBI training videotape about how to keep cops honest.

The Detroit story is far from over. Stay tuned.

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