The Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) -- Two of the 18 current and former city police officers
facing federal charges of conspiring to violate the constitutional
rights of suspects pleaded guilty Tuesday in the case and agreed to
cooperate with the government by testifying.
Troy Bradley, 36, of Detroit, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of
conspiring to deprive individuals of constitutional rights, while
Nicole Rich, 25, of St. Clair Shores, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor
charge of aiding and abetting the deprivation of rights, the U.S.
attorney's office said in a statement.
The pair acknowledged writing false police reports to justify
arrests. Bradley had been charged with conspiracy against rights,
deprivation of rights and aiding and abetting the deprivation of
rights. Rich had been charged with conspiracy against rights, aiding
and abetting and lying to investigators.
Messages seeking comment were left with attorneys for Bradley and Rich.
Under a deal with prosecutors, Bradley agreed to accept six months in
prison, resign from the police force and appear in a videotape in an
FBI-sponsored program to teach law enforcement personnel to stay
honest, the Detroit Free Press reported on its Web site. Rich
accepted a year in prison and resignation.
But if they provide substantial assistance, the government agreed to
Conspiring to deprive individuals of constitutional rights carries a
maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, while
aiding and abetting carries a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison
and a $100,000 fine. A sentencing date hasn't been set.
The other officers are scheduled to face trial starting Feb. 9.
Bradley, Rich and 15 other officers were indicted in June after the
government uncovered what it described as a conspiracy that involved
stealing money and drugs from suspects during illegal searches. A
superseding indictment in October added dozens of additional charges
and accused an 18th officer.
Another officer earlier agreed to testify in the case. Hubert Brown
pleaded guilty in November to depriving an individual of
constitutional rights. The charge was related to the superseding
indictment in the corruption investigation, but Brown wasn't named in
the October indictment.
The indictment stems from an investigation by the police department's
internal affairs unit, the FBI and the Justice Department into
complaints from the public and prisoners about incidents from April
2000 to June 2003. The agencies said they uncovered evidence of
unlawful arrests, false police reports, excessive force and planting
Wayne County Circuit judges already have overturned the convictions
of two men based on interviews with indicted officers.
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The indicted officers still with the department have been suspended