Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story 3/28/03

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What is it about Texas? The corrupt cop stories keep oozing out of the Lone Star state like toxic sludge from a Port Arthur petrochemical plant. In Texas, at least, the drug war is an equal opportunity corrupter. DRCNet has run numerous stories on the Tulia scandal and drug task forces run amok, and this feature has spotlighted crooked Rio Grande Valley police chiefs, the Dallas sheetrock scandal, larcenous sheriff's deputies, and rentable Customs agents.

Now the rot spreads to those sun-glassed men of the highway patrol, as former Department of Public Safety (DPS) veteran trooper and narcotics investigator Johnnie Davis begins serving a pair of 40-year prison sentences for robbing alleged drug dealers and keeping their goodies. Davis was arrested in a sting a year ago after suspicions grew that he was ripping off drug couriers on Texas highways. In the sting, Davis pulled over and attempted to rob an undercover agent posing as a courier. He pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and possession of more than 400 grams of a controlled substance, and on Monday District Judge Carol Davies sentenced him to 40 years on each count. He will not be eligible for parole for 20 years.

"You are an embarrassment to the pride of the brotherhood of police officers," said Davies after passing sentence. "Your conduct weakens public confidence in our entire criminal justice system."

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