Newsbrief: This Week's Cop Corruption Story 10/18/02

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The Week Online begins a new feature this week. Lest we forget, starting this week, each week's issue will have one news brief about police corruption in the drug war. It won't be difficult to find material. But it may be difficult to beat this week's nominee, the Detroit Police Department, for the sheer size of the corruption. On October 10, a federal grand jury indicted nine people, including a Detroit police officer, a Detroit police civilian employee and a Michigan State Police officer on charges of stealing a whopping 222 pounds of cocaine from the police evidence room and then selling it in the city.

Evidence room employee John Earl Cole is accused of stealing the cocaine over a period of six years and selling it for $1.3 million. The indictment alleged that Cole used the proceeds to buy and renovate 18 rental properties and a barber shop, and to purchase a 1992 Corvette in exchange for three kilograms of cocaine.

Michigan State Police Lt. Ernest Myatt and Detroit Police Officer Donald Hynes were Coles' partners, the indictment alleged, while several Cole relatives and an acquaintance who is a bank teller helped launder money and hid profits through the web of rental properties.

The FBI, which is conducting an investigation of the department, said there is more to come. "There are a number of public corruption cases that we expect to bring forward," acting FBI agent in charge Paula Wendell told the Detroit Free Press.

They might next want to look at guns. According to Detroit Police Chief Jerry Oliver, the police department evidence room lists more than 200,000 seized guns, but Oliver told the Free Press there is no way of knowing how many are actually there. "I don't know how many guns we have," he said. "We have far too many guns."

Oliver, who took over the top cop job in Detroit earlier this year after leaving a similar position in Richmond, VA, has publicly and repeatedly called for an end to the drug war. Now he has one more reason to do so.

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