Federal Detroit Cop Corruption Case Collapses

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The case was supposed to root out 19 corrupt current and former Detroit police officers. Instead, reports the Detroit Free Press, eight officers were acquitted, one had charges dismissed, and federal prosecutors this week asked a judge to dismiss charges against seven others, effectively closing the case. What the collapse of the federal government's case could mean for the rest of the department's officers is unclear. Some who have followed the case, which charged that officers from two precincts planted evidence on suspected criminals over three years, say it could change how aggressively the government goes after . . .

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