Federal indictments are expected to be announced today for as many as 17 Detroit police officers on charges of looting money from drug dealers and prostitutes, the Detroit Free Press says.
Former Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown, his staff had been working on the case with FBI agents since last summer. “A lot of the complainants are going to be drug addicts, prostitutes and drug dealers — people who don’t usually have a lot of credibility,” Brown said. “That’s why the investigation took so long.” He said the indictments include charges of illegally raiding dope houses without search warrants, stealing drugs and money.
Brown was fired last month allegedly for investigating accusations of wrongdoing by Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his inner circle.
The indictments would come a week after the troubled department was hit with two court-ordered consent decrees, calling for significant changes in the training and guidelines police use for handling confrontations.