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Ex-cops eyed in slay plot charge rogues set up hit on detective
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January 25, 2001
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Ex-cops eyed in slay plot charge rogues set up hit on detective
[New York, NY]

By Michele McPhee Daily News Staff Writer
January 24, 2001, Wednesday Sports Final Edition
Copyright 2001 Daily News, L.P.
Daily News (New York)
January 24, 2001, Wednesday Sports Final Edition

(NEW YORK) -- Two disgraced Brooklyn cops plotted the murder of an NYPD detective and arranged drug-dealer robberies in uniform, federal prosecutors charged yesterday. Jamil Jordan - a patrolman in Brooklyn's 77th Precinct for four years - was arraigned yesterday on charges he set up a hit on a highly decorated homicide detective and robbed drug dealers using his NYPD badge and gun.

Jordan, 28, and his former partner, Anthony Trotman, 35, plotted the hit while patrolling Crown Heights as rogue cops, ripping off drug dealers and legitimate businesses, according to a complaint filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.

Last week, Trotman confessed to arranging the hit on the detective and fingered Jordan as an accomplice, law enforcement sources said.

Trotman was arrested two weeks ago on robbery charges. He was expected to plead guilty to conspiracy and robbery today, the sources said.

The partners were fired from the NYPD in August for allegedly perjuring themselves in a federal trial. Federal prosecutors and NYPD officials believed they made up a story about a 1997 gun arrest.

The partners allegedly targeted the detective after he testified against them at a 1997 NYPD disciplinary hearing.

Defense lawyer Frank Handelman said the evidence against Jordan is weak.

Trotman, a cop for 10 years, has admitted being a member of a violent Brooklyn-based robbery crew that held up a Garden City, L.I., jewelry store in 1997.

The crime went down hours after he signed out of work early at the stationhouse of the 77th Precinct, which was last at the center of a major police-corruption scandal 15 years ago.

In 1986, 13 cops from the 77th were arrested and charged with shaking down narcotics dealers for drugs and cash.

Jordan and Trotman, who live in Brooklyn, often met with the leader of the robbery crew, Vere (Joker) Padmore, while on duty and in uniform at a Crown Heights park, prosecutors said.

Padmore - who was busted on federal robbery charges last year but jumped his $1 million bail - was part of the conspiracy to kill the detective, according to prosecutors.

Jordan and Trotman ran the license plate on the detective's personal car and gave his address to Padmore, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Smith.

Padmore is still at large.

Jordan was held without bail yesterday after Magistrate Marilyn Go agreed with prosecutors that he was "a danger to the community."

"This guy took an oath to protect the community," Smith said. "Not only did he perpetrate crimes against that community, he was going to kill a fellow police officer. I can't think of a more dangerous guy to leave out on the streets."

But Handelman denied that his client was dangerous. "He's never been arrested for anything," he said.

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