Magazine article Personnel Journal

Lt. Gangsters Serve as Peace Officers?

Magazine article Personnel Journal

Lt. Gangsters Serve as Peace Officers?

Article excerpt

It first thought, it sounds too bizarre to be true. Gang members invading the police and armed forces? Well, that's exactly what has taken place over the last few years. Seeking greater influence as well as access to guns, ammunition and data-including rivals' addresses-street gangs have donned the gray and blue so they can more effectively carry out their reign of terror.

In October 1995, Associated Press reported that gang members had infiltrated the Chicago Police Department, although nobody can say exactly how many officers are involved. One former officer was arrested in 1994 for attempting to sell two pounds of cocaine to undercover officers. He had ties with a local street gang and proudly admitted the fact. Another officer recently resigned after she was accused of taking part in a drug conspiracy that involved another local gang. And several other officers have reportedly been linked to various Chicago gangs.

Police are helpless to act against officers with gang ties, until they commit an illegal act. Union rules and constitutional protections bar the police department from taking any action, even if officers admit they're involved with gangs. …

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