A newly-leaked report has just proven what many African Americans in Alabama have been saying for years: that police officers in the City of Dothan had been planting evidence on African American men they didn’t like, for many years.
The shocking new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Alabama Justice Project reveals that police officers in Dothan, Alabama, planted drugs and weapons on thousands of African Americans – of which hundreds are still in prison on false charges.
The proof of these claims has been revealed by none other than police officers themselves, who say that “the public has a right to know that the Dothan Police Department, and District Attorney Doug Valeska, targeted young black men by planting drugs and weapons on them over a decade.
Most of the young men were prosecuted, many sentenced to prison, and some are still in prison. Many of the officers involved were subsequently promoted and are in leadership positions in law enforcement.
They hope the mood of the country is one that demands action and that the US Department of Justice will intervene.”
Their revelation tells that a narcotics investigation squad for the police department in Dothan planted drugs and weapons on young African American men since the mid-1990s.
All of this has happened with the knowledge and approval of their supervisors. One of them has even ascended to the position of the state’s Assistant Director of Homeland Security.
According to the Henry County Report, Andy Hughes had been a sergeant in the department during the time when he was overseeing the unit in question.
During that time, he was also a leader in a neo-Confederate group that was largely made up of police officers and fellow supervisor Steve Parrish.
Now Parrish, who was at the time a lieutenant, is the city’s police chief.
Both Parrish and Hughes have been frequently mentioned in an internal affairs investigation. But the then-Police Chief John White and District Attorney Doug Valeska never notified federal or state officials about the probe.
Read the report below…
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