MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - More than a dozen misdemeanor charges have been
dropped because they were associated with police officers involved in a
The charges involved minor crimes, such as traffic violations or
possession of small amounts of drugs, said Assistant City Attorney Charles
The charges stem from an investigation into corruption on the midnight
shift of the Montgomery police. Officers were accused of kidnapping,
brutality, falsifying evidence and false imprisonment.
Eight officers resigned and three were fired as a result. One of the
fired officers, Michael Provo, was later reinstated.
"I'm not touching that case," said Everage, quoting a municipal judge
a transcript obtained by the Montgomery Advertiser through Alabama's open
records law. The judge's name was blacked out from the transcript copy.
"I'm not touching anything that these officers are dealing with. They're
tainted. I'm not going to make a verdict associated with this officer or
of those officers."
Everage said the judge dismissed the case because of Provo's association
Provo is serving a 30-day suspension and must attend a human relations
class at the police academy before resuming his job. He was accused of not
stopping colleagues who threw rocks at a suspected crack house.
In the transcript, Everage said the defendant claimed arresting officers
beat him with a flashlight after putting him in their patrol car. Everage
told Provo he didn't believe that claim because he was coming from jail.
Provo's attorney, Bernie Brannon, said he didn't think the judge would
have dismissed the charges if he had known Provo was only accused of
witnessing wrongdoing by other officers and didn't participate in it.
"He would not have thrown that out if he had known Provo was not involved
in abusing anyone," Brannon said.
The suspects allegedly abused by white officers were all black, raising
racial profiling concerns among some civil rights leaders. The FBI is
investigating the civil rights claims.
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One of the white officers who resigned, Michael Clark, was charged with
harassment and criminal use of a defense spray, a felony.