Former Narcotics Agents Convicted of Conspiracy to Interfere with Commerce after they Carried out Illegal Raids and Sold Confiscated Drugs
Many of the more than 40 government witnesses testifying against the officers were convicted drug dealers, who testified that the officers often used them to set up drug deals so that police could barge in, seize any drugs and money and then split the proceeds. According to their testimony, the officers would sometimes seize cocaine, have dealers resell it on the street, and then have them mix up a fake batch of cocaine to turn is as evidence to make it look legitimate. The fake batches contained just a pinch of real coke to test positive, according to testimony.
One troubling part of the dropped charges and conviction is that they aren’t being convicted of stealing from these drug dealers or violating their civil rights, but instead are being convicted of not turning the money and drugs into the department with which they were employed. When it boils right down to it, that means the justice system wasn’t concerned with citizens having rogue cops storm into their homes and steal their property, but instead the justice system is concerned with them keeping money and drugs from the government.
The defense attorney for the officers plans to appeal the conviction because the officers were not convicted of the substantive charges, such as stealing, etc. but were instead convicted of conspiring to prevent the exchange of money from drug dealer’s hands to the city of Detroit.
Prosecutors disagree with the attorneys that something was wrong with the charge the former officers were convicted of, arguing the police officers – along with a third narcotics officer, Arthur “Curly” Neavells, who pleaded guilty in the case and testified against his colleagues – hurt Detroit in three ways: Drug money that should have been forfeited went into the officers’ pockets. Drugs that should have been taken off the street went back into the neighborhoods. And the drug dealers who should have been locked up went free.
The charge they are facing can actually land them both in prison for 20 years, but Kevlin, a willing participant and longtime friend of Hansberry, wasn’t charged with anything.
It’s quite clear that citizens are held to a separate standard and that Kevlin was released because he helped convict two officers who were stealing, not from others, but from the government, and of course they won’t allow that to happen. Our courts don’t mind officers stealing from people, but the moment the officers steal from the government, they’ll go to prison.
There is a clear double-standard and it needs to be addressed. We can’t hold police up as super-Americans with extra rights while allowing them to wreak havoc upon the citizenry. May justice be served. I hope these two enjoy their time in prison, right next to the drug dealers they’ve been stealing from this whole time. Good luck with that.