Cops from disbanded unit charged with civil rights violations

April 7, 2011

Associated Press

Authorities say one current and three former Chicago police officers are charged with federal civil rights violations in a case that involves shaking down suspected drug dealers and others.

A statement from the U.S. Attorney's office on Thursday says the men are accused of presenting false information and testimony to conceal illegal searches during which cash was stolen.  All four were once members of a now disbanded elite unit called Special Operations Section.
 
The accused include Jerome Finnigan. He's also facing a charge filed previously for allegedly planning the murder-for-hire of a former fellow officer. The other three defendants were charged with federal crimes for the first time on Thursday.