Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories 10/22/04

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Transparency International (http://www.transparency.org) this week released its annual corruption perception ratings. The US placed 17th among the least corrupt nations, while Haiti, Nigeria, and Burma ranked among the most corrupt. But the Americans' poor placing in corruption is not for lack of trying, as this week's entries in the corrupt cops sweepstakes demonstrate:

  • In Doraville, Georgia, a former police chief has been charged with theft and violating his office. Former Chief Ron Davis, who resigned in 2002, is accused of taking money from drug busts and using it to buy hunting equipment for himself and his buddies, the Associated Press reported Monday. Also indicted was his former assistant chief, Cliff Edwards, who died earlier this year. Edwards reportedly is not overly concerned, but Davis is facing up to 15 years in state prison.
  • In Chicago, the DEA has busted two customs and border protection officers and 16 others as part of a drug ring that smuggling millions in drugs from Mexico to US cities, the Associated Press reported Monday. Customs agents Jaime Garcia, 27, and Alma Teran, 28, were arrested at Chicago's Midway Airport, where they worked. According to law enforcement officials, the pair used law enforcement databases to see if agents were investigating members of the smuggling ring, including themselves. They face 10 years to life in prison if convicted.
  • In Los Angeles, the Rampart scandal continues to reverberate. According to the Los Angeles Times, a former LAPD officer already serving 15 years on drug trafficking and gun charges has admitted that he and other officers went on a robbery spree that netted hundreds of thousands of dollars between 198 and 2001. Ruben Palomares, 34, and his gang of blue-clad goons robbed cash, drugs, guns, and other items in robberies that were staged to look like police raids and sometimes turned violent, Palomares admitted in documents submitted as part of a plea bargain. Palomares and crew dressed in police uniforms, drove police cars, and flashed their badged during the robberies, he said. They shot at least two men with stun guns, beat another man with a billy club, and tortured yet another man by burning him with a cigarette lighter and sticking a gun in his mouth. The robberies netted at least 700 pounds of marijuana and 100 pounds of cocaine, according to the court documents. The robbery crew included at least five LAPD officers, Palomares said. His attorney told the Times Palomares had become a born again Christian and is trying to make amends for his misdeeds, but under the plea agreement, Palomares can win sentence reductions only if he snitches out his fellow thieves.

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