OK, I’m not that shocked. 15 Men Cleared in First-Ever Mass Exoneration in Cook County.
Not just 1 bad apple. An entire “tactical team” was responsible for this.
They would extort residents of a housing project. Pay up or go to jail.
The police misconduct was spearheaded by [Chicago Police Department Sgt. Ronald] Watts, CPD Officer Kallatt Mohammed and other officers on their tactical team, who would routinely extort residents at the housing project. If they didn’t pay up, the cops would then allegedly plant felony-level drug amounts on them and lie about it under oath.
Watts was arrested by federal agents when he went after an undercover fed. He was sentenced to 22 months. Considering some of these guys spent years in prison, that doesn’t seem like justice.
26 people have had convictions voided, and more are being investigated.
Chicago PD – Still putting the “criminal” in “Criminal Justice System.” (Does the name Jon Burge ring a bell?)