Submitted by Eric Freerock
I wrote the following article pertaining to the Atlanta sting that seems to have been way under reported since Chris Dorner was on everyone radar.
Posted on February 15, 2013 by Eric Freerock
Ten Gang Members Arrested in Atlanta on Corruption Charges
While everyone is focused on Chris Dorner and corruption in the LAPD, a huge story out of Atlanta has been pretty much un-circulated. U.S. Attorney Sally Yates announced on February 12, 2013 that ten Atlanta area police officers have been arrested on corruption charges stemming from their involvement in street gang activity. That isn’t figurative; they were working with street gangs.
Officers from various Atlanta area agencies have been accused of providing protection for street gang members in their conducting of drug deals and trafficking. Often they would be in full uniform and use their patrol cars to protect informants and dealers exchanging cash and cocaine in backpacks. One officer from DeKalb County offered to use his patrol car in his conducting of protection, for a fee of $800. Payments for the protection racket ranged between $700 and $7,000 dollars to protect transactions occurring in crowded shopping areas and school parking lots.
In a secretly recorded conversation Office Dorian Williams, of DeKalb County, told one of his cohorts, Shannon Bass, that if shots had to be fired that wounding someone was not an option. He said, “I gotta fucking kill him, I just can’t shoot him.” Both of them were among those arrested in this FBI sting operation.
The FBI investigation started back in August of 2011 when the ATF was alerted by undercover agents that the local gangs had law enforcement personnel on their payroll.
Those arrested were:
•Atlanta police Officer Kelvin Allen, 42, of Atlanta.
•DeKalb County Police Department Officers Dennis Duren, 32, of Atlanta and Dorian Williams, 25, of Stone Mountain.
•Forest Park Police Department Sgts. Victor Middlebrook, 44, of Jonesboro,and Andrew Monroe, 57, of Riverdale.
•MARTA Police Department Officer Marquez Holmes, 45, of Jonesboro.
•Stone Mountain Police Department Officer Denoris Carter, 42, of Lithonia.
•Federal Protective Services contract Officer Sharon Peters, 43, of Lithonia.
•DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office former jail officers Monyette McLaurin, 37, of Atlanta and Chase Valentine, 44, of Covington.
So just because the focus of the country is currently on the LAPD we cannot forget that corruption is widespread all over the country. It’s sad that something this huge is going on without any national coverage because this should be front page national news.
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