These cops are so corrupt they had their whole department raided by multiple agencies
Brooklyn, Illinois – This week, the Brooklyn Police Department was raided by a number of other law enforcement agencies, including, the Illinois State Police, and the St. Clair County Sheriff.
On Wednesday, local news crews witnessed police from different agencies carrying equipment, computers, weapons and records out of the building and driving away with them.
Local News 4 reported that the raid was connected to corruption allegations, which relate to the theft of evidence, weapons, drugs and other items from the evidence room.
Outside the Police Department, Illinois State Police Capt. James Morrisey told reporters that the raid was “in reference to some allegations received by Illinois State Police and the State’s Attorney’s office. No further information is available at this time.”
One former officer, Chris Heatherly reportedly kept an AR-15 rifle in his car that had been stolen from the evidence room. He flaunted the rifle in a photo that was later used for a police department calendar. Other guns and drugs that were missing from Heatherly’s cases have yet to be found.
The St. Clair County’s State’s Attorney is now refusing to prosecute any cases that Heatherly was involved in because his actions prove that he cannot be trusted as a witness. Heatherly was forced to resign after the accusations surfaced, but he is not currently facing any charges.
Heatherly is also accused of posing for a picture with the rifle in hand. The photo was used in a police department calendar.
Sources told News 4's Craig Cheatham said the raid was conducted because of concerns about how the Brooklyn Police Department handled cases and evidence, especially guns.
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Brooklyn officers have said they “often feel pressured to tow vehicles to generate revenue” for the police department’s payroll.
A state commission formed by Gov. Pat Quinn has overseen the police departments in Brooklyn, Alorton, Washington Park and East St. Louis since 2012.
Kelly told the Post-Dispatch in January 2014 that of the 13 police officers charged with crimes in his first three years on the job, nine had worked in one of the four departments now under state oversight. Kelly has previously described the four Metro East cities as “failed states.”
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