In connection with a significant federal corruption investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Thursday reportedly brought charges against ten current and former law enforcement officials from the cities of Antioch and Pittsburg in the state of California.
The accusations vary from dishonesty in the completion of required training to more serious infractions of civil rights.
The Antioch Police Department (APD), which is allegedly the subject of complaints about excessive force and a controversy involving racist text messages, is the primary focus of the charges.
Three police officers, two of whom are now on duty and one of whom formerly served, are being investigated for possible violations of civil rights.
They were accused of plotting acts of violence against certain individuals, of keeping “trophies” of their exploits, and of lying about their conduct in official papers in order to cover them up.
According to reports, the cops’ text messages include talks in which they share images of the people they intended to target and discuss their preparations to engage in aggressive behavior.
Later on that day, APD Officer Morteza Amiri sent Wenger images that he had taken of the injured guy that they were allegedly responsible for pulling out of a car and throwing to the ground.
Officials from the federal government have also charged Wenger and former APD Officer Daniel Harris with possession of anabolic steroids as well as conspiracy to distribute them.
Authorities have accused Timothy Manly Williams, a former officer with the Atlanta Police Department, with obstruction of justice for allegedly tampering with an ongoing investigation into homicide and attempted murder.
According to the site, the FBI has charged Amiri, along with former officers Samantha Peterson of the Atlanta Police Department and Patrick Berhan, Brauli Rodriguez Jalapa, Ernesto Juan Mejia-Orozco, and Amanda Theodosy-Nash of the Pittsburgh Police Department, for conspiring to cheat on training courses in order to receive salary hikes.
Following a two-year investigation, the FBI carried out raids in the Bay Area, Hawaii, and Texas, where the officers were subsequently arrested.