Two Detroit police officers have been indicted on charges related to robbing drug dealers, stealing drugs and obtaining money during police searches.
Lieutenant David Hansberry, 34 and Officer Bryan Watson, 46 were each charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute narcotics, conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, multiple counts of interference with commerce by robbery and extortion, possession with intent to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine and two counts of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and drug trafficking crime.
Another man, Kevlin Omar Brown, 45, was also charged with one count of interference with commerce by robbery and extortion.
The indictment accuses the officers of setting up drug transactions with civilians in order to rob and extort them.
The defendants are also accused of stealing money, drugs and other personal property from victims during traffic stops and fake arrests.
According to the indictment, Hansberry and Watson split the proceeds and arranged for the sale of the drugs.
“Officers who violate the law cannot be tolerated because effective law enforcement requires public trust,” McQuade said. “We applaud Chief Craig’s commitment to root out any officers who tarnish the badge.”
“Special Agent in Charge Abbate stated, “Every police officer who would dishonor the badge must know that they will be held accountable under the law. As law enforcement officers, we owe a tremendous duty to the public we serve, and therefore must be held to the highest standards of trust and integrity. The FBI and its law enforcement partners are committed to ensuring that these fundamental principles are fully maintained and enforced without compromise.”
“The vast majority of the men and women of the Detroit Police Department are honest and hard-working, but these defendants betrayed their oath and their fellow officers,” said Chief Craig. “We are committed to the highest standards of integrity, and we will remove any officers who do not live up to those high standards.”
Hansberry and Watson had been assigned to the Narcotics Section of the Detroit Police Department. They have been on suspension since October 2014.