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Feds: Officer a Gang Leader
WXIA-TV ^ | 8/13/03 | Jennifer Leslie

Posted on 08/13/2003 8:21:46 PM PDT by toothless

Federal agents arrested an Atlanta Zone 1 police officer Wednesday morning as he walked to his car shortly after roll call.

The arrest came after a federal indictment that alleged Officer David Freeman, known as Day Day on the streets and recently named the officer of the year, helped lead the violent Diablos gang in Northwest Atlanta.

Freeman pleaded not guilty to the charges during a hearing in federal court Wednesday.

"This case is charged as a criminal racketeering enterprise and the acts in which this gang is charged are violent and in many cases frightening," U.S. Attorney Bill Duffey said during an afternoon news conference.

The gang, with Freeman working as a key player, committed murder to prevent testimony and murder in retaliation for cooperating with law enforcement, Duffey said. The investigation, which continues, started two years ago and some of the allegations date back to 1997.

"The indictment charges against this police officer are disturbing and cut at the very heart of the law enforcement community," he added.

Freeman is accused of ordering the murder of a man who complained to police about the gang last June.

According to the indictment, Freeman also told gang members of impending search warrants and suggested the robbery of people suspected of being drug dealer. Freeman, who has spent 12 years on the force, also used threats, violence, and intimidation to obtain money and drugs for the gang.

"Freeman is also charged with supplying gang members with drugs that he seized from people he arrested while performing his police duties," Duffey said.

Freeman allegedly received money as the head of the group.

Fifteen other people were indicted in the case in March.

Freeman's attorney, Ricardo Mosby, told 11Alive's Jennifer Leslie that his client is a decorated officer who is guilty by association only. He also claimed that Diablos was a musical group and not a gang and that Freeman only provided security for them on certain occasions.

“It will all be proven that these charges are unfounded and Officer Freeman is a stellar officer and the city is probably going to have to give him an apology for taking him through this,” Mosby said.

Freeman was named officer of the year just last month. The federal investigation, at the time, was only known to a few people.

Police Chief Richard Pennington said decorated officers are typically the most aggressive and that it is "not unusual" to find out they've been involved in criminal enterprise. Pennington said one of his best officers in New Orleans now sits on death row for murder.

"I just want to send a strong message to any police officer that works for me that if we determine that you're involved in criminal conduct, we're gonna do everything we can to arrest you and put you in jail," said Pennington.

He has been suspended with pay pending a meeting with Pennington.

This is the second known arrest for Freeman. In 1997, fellow officers charged Freeman with aggravated assault after a council member's campaign manager alleged that Freeman choked, beat, and pulled his gun on him.

A grand jury failed to indict Freeman, citing a lack of evidence against him.

The Atlanta police department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms conducted the current investigation.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: leo; wodlist

1 posted on 08/13/2003 8:21:46 PM PDT by toothless
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To: *Wod_list
your wod at work.
2 posted on 08/13/2003 8:22:35 PM PDT by toothless
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To: toothless
"He also claimed that Diablos was a musical group and not a gang..."
Lawyers, ya gotta hate 'em!
3 posted on 08/13/2003 8:25:28 PM PDT by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: toothless
"Officer day, day... "

Sounds like a dangerous criminal alright.

The kinda guy who would knock an old woman down and accessorize her..

4 posted on 08/13/2003 8:28:20 PM PDT by Jhoffa_
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To: toothless
Pennington has seen this before as he noted.

A female officer of his in New Orleans robbed a store and executed 2 teenagers in the process. She's the onyl female on death row in La.

But there are several male officers in jail. One went to jail for ordering a hit on a woman who complained.
5 posted on 08/13/2003 8:32:15 PM PDT by Bogey78O (The Clinton's have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured/killed -Peach)
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The Diablos

Nolan Strong - Lead Tenor
Juan Guitierriez- Tenor
Willie Hunter - Baritone
Quentin Eubanks- Bass
Bob "Chico" Edwards - Guitar

No David "Day Day" Freeman listed.

6 posted on 08/13/2003 8:39:47 PM PDT by Consort
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To: Bogey78O
Pennington is a jerk and was a horrible police chief in N.O. He dropped the crime rate by reclassifying crimes to different categories and it has been alleged he had officers dump murder victims in adjacent juridictions.

The N.O. african american female officer in question failed psycological tests and should have never been on the force. They also found the remains of her missing father under her rent house after she was convicted of executing her victims.

I feel sorry for Atlanta.
7 posted on 08/13/2003 8:41:24 PM PDT by Roux
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To: toothless
It's long been known that the psychological profiles of yer average cop and yer average criminal are nearly identical. It's just a matter of what side of the fence they fall off on as they walk the top fence rail.
8 posted on 08/13/2003 9:00:52 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: Bogey78O
She shot and killed her white male partner who was working off duty in the same robbery. The other cop " one of his best" was an ongoing criminal enterprise. Sounds like this Zone 1 guy was the inspiration for "Training Day".
9 posted on 08/13/2003 9:01:32 PM PDT by Atchafalaya (1)
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To: thegreatbeast
Well, THAT explains the violin cases!;)))
10 posted on 08/13/2003 9:11:08 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: toothless
Police Chief Richard Pennington said decorated officers are typically the most aggressive and that it is "not unusual" to find out they've been involved in criminal enterprise. Pennington said one of his best officers in New Orleans now sits on death row for murder.

Something to remember when serving jury duty.

11 posted on 08/13/2003 9:13:46 PM PDT by niki
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To: RightOnline
Poppycock. You're watching too much TV.
12 posted on 08/13/2003 9:16:19 PM PDT by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: thegreatbeast
That must explain the violin cases...............:o)

Stay Safe !

13 posted on 08/13/2003 9:17:39 PM PDT by Squantos (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.)
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To: toothless
Freeman's attorney, Ricardo Mosby, told 11Alive's Jennifer Leslie that his client is a decorated officer who is guilty by association only. He also claimed that Diablos was a musical group and not a gang and that Freeman only provided security for them on certain occasions.

LOL! They are only "a musical group," yet he's "guilty by [his] association" with them. Pathetic.

14 posted on 08/13/2003 9:19:21 PM PDT by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: toothless
Police Chief Richard Pennington said decorated officers are typically the most aggressive and that it is "not unusual" to find out they've been involved in criminal enterprise. Pennington said one of his best officers in New Orleans now sits on death row for murder.

When the chief has an attitude like that, it's not hard to see how the worst officers can become the most highly decorated.

15 posted on 08/13/2003 9:20:52 PM PDT by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: toothless
"I just want to send a strong message to any police officer that works for me that if we determine that you're involved in criminal conduct, we're gonna do everything we can to arrest you and put you in jail," said Pennington

A strong message is not what you are sending if you take six years from any obvious example of crimininal conduct to do anything about it.

"This is the second known arrest for Freeman. In 1997, fellow officers charged Freeman with aggravated assault"
16 posted on 08/13/2003 9:27:49 PM PDT by PaxMacian
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To: Roux
The N.O. african american female officer in question failed psycological tests... They also found the remains of her missing father...

This is true? I saw this story years ago on Homicide. On tv they had the cop kill an Asian family in their restaurant after closing, along w/an off duty cop who was eating with them. They found her father's remains in the crawl space. I forget why they decided to look. Jeez.

17 posted on 08/13/2003 9:33:10 PM PDT by radiohead
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To: toothless


The Diablos String Ensemble in the parlor of the landlady

18 posted on 08/13/2003 9:40:23 PM PDT by Cultural Jihad
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To: Cultural Jihad
That must be him on the right. lol.
19 posted on 08/14/2003 4:41:55 AM PDT by toothless
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To: thegreatbeast
"Poppycock. You're watching too much TV."

Ya think, huh? Interesting assumption. I'll go dig up the stats on accountants and lawyers (no...........forget lawyers), construction foremen, and computer programmers and see how many wind up falling to the dark side with such regularity. How's that?

20 posted on 08/14/2003 9:21:29 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: Roux
I feel sorry for Atlanta.

Pennington's a far cry better than the prior chief, Beverly Harvard. Harvard (who's now assistant chief of Hartsfield Airport's security force) was the hand-held puppet of former Mayor Bill Campbell, and was at his beck and call - even when a stolen car was noted in Campbell's driveway, Harvard, under direct orders from his majesty, did nothing.

At least Pennington's got the balls to half-way think for himself.

21 posted on 08/14/2003 9:25:01 AM PDT by mhking
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