Nine Cops Indicted in New Orleans

Reuter news service reported in December 1994 on the latest charges of police abuse in New Orleans, Louisiana. Nine New Orleans police officers, including one already arrested for ordering a murder, were indicted on drug charges.

Said Reuter, "Eastern Louisiana district U.S. Attorney Eddie J. Jordan said the officers, who face 15 years to life in prison if convicted, were charged with protecting the storage and movement of more than 130 kilograms of cocaine. ... FBI Special Agent in Charge Neil Gallagher said the officers protected a warehouse where the cocaine was stored and were paid in excess of $97,000 in bribes. Some of the officers used official New Orleans police cars in the conspiracy to distribute the cocaine."

Len Davis, 30, was arrested by the FBI for conspiring to violate the civil rights of 32-year-old Kim Groves by ordering and celebrating her killing after she filed a brutality complaint against him.

Other officers indicted were Sammy L. Williams Jr., Christopher Evans, Adam E. Dees, Sgt. Carlos Rodriguez, Keith Johnson, Brian K. Brown, Sheldon Polk and Larry Smith Jr.

Between 1991 and 1995, more than 45 New Orleans police officers were charged with crimes including murder, rape, bank robbery, racketeering, drug trafficking, bribery, auto theft and aggravated battery.