Alabama Cops Exposed For Planting Drugs, Guns On Black Men Since The ’90s

December 2, 2015  |  

A newly leaked document contains explosive evidence that suggests officers with Alabama’s Dothan Police Department systemically planted guns and drugs on young black men. Even worse, according to the Henry County Report, cops have been partaking in evidence planting as early as the mid-1990s.

The report suggests that officers set out to frame the men with the approval of their superiors. The alleged evidence planting was carried out by a special narcotics division of the Dothan Police Department. The unit was run by Sgt. Andy Hughes, who currently serves Alabama’s Assistant Director of Homeland Security and acted as the leader of a neo-Confederate group during his time with the force. Hughes’ fellow supervisor Lt. Steve Parrish, Dothan’s current police chief, and other members of the force were also part of the hate group.

Their underhanded dealings were exposed by the Alabama Justice Project, which uncovered that an Internal Affairs investigation shed light on the misconduct, but officials later swept the scandal under the rug.

Approximately 12 officers who worked in the unit were found to have partaken in evidence planting under the supervision of Parrish. Sadly, a significant number of the Black men who were victims of this misconduct were prosecuted. Some were sentenced to prison, and some still remain behind bars.

The Internal Affairs investigation was prompted by several long-term officers who worked in the department years after multiple black men with clean criminal records complained that evidence was being planted.

“Several long-term Dothan law enforcement officers, all part of an original group that initiated the investigation, believe the public has a right to know that the Dothan Police Department, and District Attorney Doug Valeska, targeted young black men by planting drugs and weapons on them over a decade,” the report explains.

The complaints made by the officers were ignored for almost a year before then-Police Chief John White finally turned them over to Internal Affairs. Initially, White told senior officers to ignore the complaints being made by the victims.

During the investigation, heaps of damning evidence were uncovered, and most officers involved in the probe reportedly failed their polygraph tests. However, despite these findings, Valeska proceeded with cases involving the framing victims while failing to make defendants award of the allegations being made against the involved officers.

The officers who initially rang the alarm requested anonymity, but they shared hundreds of documents from the original probe with the Alabama Justice Project.

Read the full report here.

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