Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Former MPD Officer Pleads Guilty

Posted on Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 4:00 AM

When an officer flashes his blue lights, most motorists trust they're not about to be robbed. But that wasn't the case for drivers pulled over by former Memphis Police officer Antoine Owens.

Owens pled guilty today in federal court for violating the civil rights of motorists. He acknowledged that, while on duty as an officer in 2003 and 2004, he stole cash from drivers after pulling them over and searching their vehicles.

Such civil rights offenses by law enforcement officers are on the rise. The Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division has prosecuted 25 percent more of these cases and convicted nearly 50 percent more defendants for official misconduct than during the preceeding six years.

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